ESD’s Gary Andersen and others are developing ways in which human waste compost can be turned into nutrient-rich fertilizer. By extracting DNA from compost and analyzing it, scientists ensure the compost is pathogen-free, and save water.
ESD’s Mari Nyyssönen, Ulas Karaoz, and Eoin Brodie have developed high-throughput screening assays for function-based characterization of activities involved in plant-polymer decomposition from environmental metagenomic libraries.
ESD Director Susan Hubbard was among 15 women scientists honored at Berkeley Lab, as part of a celebration of women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers researching ways to change the world for the better.
ESD’s Janet Jansson and John Coates will be featured speakers at UC Berkeley’s inaugural microbiology retreat on November 15. Lab researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts (300 words or less).
ESD scientists led by Jillian Banfield and Laura Hug recently used metagenomics to evaluate the metabolic potential and diversity of Chloroflexi bacteria in aquifer sediments, and evaluate its role in sediment carbon cycling.
The Earth Sciences Division was recently awarded “LEED Platinum” status for its newly redesigned headquarters in Bld. 74—the first such award for any Berkeley Lab or DOE building within the Science Laboratory Infrastructure program.
The Rifle, Colorado, floodplain provides an excellent test bed for interrogating how global change affects biogeochemical system functioning. This work will be essential for the new BER-funded SFA 2.0, Phase I effort at Rifle.
ARPA-E awarded ESD’s Christer Jansson a $3.5 M grant to work on direct methane conversion, a process that, if successful, could lead to low-cost, energy-efficient fuel production from natural gas.
ESD’s Evan Williams recently won the Frank H. Field & Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry, awarded by the American Chemical Society—one of four ACS awards given out to LBNL scientists.
Call for Proposals for the Berkeley Lab Innovation Grants 2014. The purpose of the Innovation Grants Program is to advance the development of Lab inventions and software toward commercial applications.