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15 posts categorized "Environmental and Biological Systems Science"

09/16/2014

Apply for U.C. Global Food Initiative Grant

The U.C. Global Food Initiative, extensively supported by ESD environmental and climate programs within Berkeley Lab, is inviting applications for a student fellowship opportunity. Applications are due October 1, 2014.

09/11/2014

Complex Soil Systems: An Energetic Exchange

Eoin Brodie and Boris Faybishenko recently co-chaired the first Complex Soil Systems Conference in downtown Berkeley. This flagship conference, strove to develop “A Path to Improved Understanding of Complex Soil Systems.”

07/25/2014

Insect Ecosystem Contains Biofuel Clues

ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro and others have characterized the gut microbiome of a wood-feeding beetle native to the eastern US, finding in its gut a metabolic capability permitting both aerobic and anaerobic activity, as well as N2 fixation.

05/08/2014

Biofuels: Increasing Bacterial Fatty Acids

Harry Beller and others recently found homologs of Escherichia coli FabG, an essential reductase involved in fatty acid biosynthesis, in work that could serve as a starting point for microbial production of fatty acid-derived biofuels.

04/23/2014

Isotope Modeling as Bioremediation Tool

Jennifer Druhan and others incorporated the stable isotopes of sulfur within a reactive-transfer code to model the range of microbially mediated redox processes affecting isotope fractionation—potentially important for bioremediation.

03/18/2014

Rifle Snowmaking in the Name of Science

Ken Williams recently custom-generated snow at DOE’s Rifle, CO, site, as part of an effort to measure the level of snowmelt infiltration into soil and groundwater at the site.

03/11/2014

New DNA Analysis Helps Cut through the Dirt

ESD’s Janet Jansson and fellow scientists from the JGI and Michigan State University report (in PNAS) the largest soil DNA sequencing effort to date—providing both a method for sifting through the data deluge and a reality check.

02/28/2014

ARPA-E Video Cites Christer Jansson

Earlier this week, DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) hosted a summit and technology showcase in National Harbor, Maryland, in which they debuted four project videos. One of them, on biofuels, prominently mentions ESD’s Christer Jansson and his innovative work.

02/27/2014

FOA for the Bioenergy Technologies Incubator

FOA: DE-FOA-0000974 Bioenergy Technologies Incubator. FOA document download here. Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 03/31/2014, Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 05/23/2014

02/25/2014

ESD Hosts Complex Soil Systems Conference

ESD is pleased to host our first “Complex Soil Systems Conference,” taking place in the fall of 2014 (September 3-5).