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Enabling advances in bioenergy and environmental research
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The inaugural call of a new collaborative science partnership between two U.S. Department of Energy user facilities - the DOE Joint Genome Institute and +NERSC, both at +Berkeley Lab - has yielded 6 proposals from researchers at +ucsfpharmacy, +UW (University of Washington), +UC Davis Official, +UHManoa News, +The University of British Columbia and +Georgia Tech. Through the “Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science” (FICUS) initiative, these researchers can query across all available data to look for patterns across data sets in the DOE JGI’s Integrated Microbial Genomes and Microbiomes (IMG/M) database with the help of NERSC’s supercomputer Cori to accelerate discoveries. Learn more:

#genomics #energy #environment #bigdata #supercomputing #science #innovation #hpc

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“This grant is a game-changer, and CABBI will be at the forefront as we press toward a new bio-based economy. Our Center’s holistic approach will generate new products directly from biomass, reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels and making us more secure.”

The +U.S. Department of Energy U.S. Department of Energy​’s award of $40 million in initial funding to four Bioenergy Research Centers will help create the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at +Illinois1867 through a collaboration with +IGBIllinois and +Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois. Our collaborator Evan DeLucia will serve as CABBI’s director. More:

#biofuels #bioenergy #economy #agriculture #crops #plants #fuel #transportation #technology #innovation #genomics #environment #science

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“We are in a unique position to not only address a major societal challenge, but to create new revenue sources and economic opportunities for farmers, rural communities and a new generation of bio-refineries, as well as to create new, locally produced and cost-effective products for consumers.”

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by +University of Wisconsin-Madison with +Michigan State University, is one of four Bioenergy Research Centers selected to receive +U.S. Department of Energy funding over the next 5 years. Over it’s 10-year history, the GLBRC has built partnerships that have yielded more than 1,000 scientific publications, 160 patent applications, 80 licenses or options, and five start-up companies. More:

#bioenergy #biofuels #economy #research #agriculture #crops #science #research #technology #innovation #patents

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“Our team of leading researchers is excited to use new approaches in biology to address the basic research challenges in developing real-world applications in the future sustainable bioeconomy.”

Congratulations to +Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation, one of four +U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers awarded initial funding of $40 million over the next 5 years. Our longtime collaborator Jerry Tuskan is the CBI Chief Executive Officer - and he’s one of the keynote speakers at our Microbial and Plant Systems Modulated by Secondary Metabolites Meeting (you're coming, right?).

More about the CBI award:
More about our Secondary Metabolites meeting:

#bioenergy #biofuels #energy #biology #plants #genetics #genomics #economy #research #science

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In our Science Highlights: The intertidal zone is the area between land and sea that is sometimes concealed by high tide or revealed by low tide. As this ecosystem is in constant flux, the organisms that inhabit the area have adapted to thrive under a range of constantly changing environmental conditions. Reported this week in +PNAS, we were part of a team led by +The University of Maine, +Carnegie Institution for Science and +East Carolina University researchers that sequenced and analyzed the genome of the red alga Porphyra umbilicalis. The analysis lends insights into the alga's stress-tolerance mechanisms and how that impacts its ability to fix carbon.

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#algae #marine #genomics #environment #maine #carbon #stress #ecosystem #intertidal #science +Berkeley Lab

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The +U.S. Department of Energy has announced $40 million in funding for 4 Bioenergy Research Centers over the next 5 years - and one of the awardees is the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) led by +Berkeley Lab. Since it was founded a decade ago, JBEI research has yielded 672 peer-reviewed publications, 85 licenses, 23 patents, and five startups. More:

#science #biofuels #energy #technology #innovation #patents 

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“We saw there’s an enormous amount of discovery that can be done through the study of microbes for which we don’t know anything about.”

In +Seeker, a recent story about our paper reporting the release of 1,003 bacterial and archaeal genomes-the largest to date. More:

Revisit our study:

#microbes #genomics #energy #environment #science #bigdata #bacteria #biotechnology +Nature Research

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In our Science Highlights: Enabled by the DOE Joint Genome Institute's Emerging Technology Opportunity Program (ETOP), a team led by +Stanford University and including +Broad Institute researchers reported the development of a microfluidics-based, mini-metagenomics approach to uncover the majority of the planet’s microbial diversity that remains uncultivated. Applying this new technology to environmental samples will add to the range of hitherto uncharacterized microbial capabilities with potential +U.S. Department of Energy mission applicability. Learn more:

#microbes #darkmatter #environment #genomics #metagenomics #technology #science #diversity 

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In our Science Highlights: By their name, picophytoplankton such as Ostreococcus are invisible to the naked eye. Despite their size, their global abundance means the tiny algae are a widespread primary producer and form the bases of several marine food webs. Reported this week in the journal Science Advances, we teamed with Oceanological Observatory of Banyuls researchers at the +Université Pierre et Marie Curie through the DOE JGI Community Science Program to get a complete picture of the algae's genomic diversity by resequencing and analyzing 13 members of a natural population of Ostreococcus tauri from the northwest Mediterranean Sea. More:

#algae #genomics #genetics #environment #photosynthesis #diversity #oceans #marine #foodweb #carbon #science +Science Magazine

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“It was the third best reading we’ve had in 30 years. When we first started, the first reading was something like 8 to 10 inches/ You put your foot in, and that was it. You couldn’t see your foot.”

In +Popular Science, a look at Maryland citizen scientist who’s been conducting annual water clarity tests on a Chesapeake Bay tributary for 30 years. +NASA Goddard researchers have developed an algorithm for water clarity based on his method, which involves white sneakers. More:

#water #maryland #chesapeake #veteran #pollution #ecosystem #erosion #algae #algorithm #satellite #math #science #environment
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