Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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User Projects

The following is a list of projects that have been active over the past three years.
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Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Garry Buchko
The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 through-out the world and its life-changing impact on the day-to-day lives of Americans punctuate the need to be ever cautious of the emergence of new epidemic infectious diseases. COVID-19, along with the emergence of...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Eric Hill
We would like to identify the identity and concentration of all organic carbon in this one sample, since we are using this as a feed stock for further experiments.
Lead Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Kolby Jardine
Polysaccharides are major components of plant cell walls that can be converted into fuels by microbial fermentation, making plant biomass an important bioenergy resource. However, a substantial fraction of plant cell wall polysaccharides are...
Lead Institution: University of Waterloo
Principal Investigator: Laura Hug
Biofilm is the dominant life strategy for microorganisms in environments from pristine aquifers to engineered systems. Biofilm provides structure, protection, and an opportunity for tightly-knit microbial interactions, from mutually beneficial cross...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Garry Buchko
A potential consequence of rapid climate change is the emergence of epidemic infectious zoonotic diseases as the habitats of disease carriers change to expose human populations to new infectious agents. These environmental changes, along with the...
Lead Institution: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Eoin Brodie
The pathways of carbon transport and loss through and from soils--soil organic matter (SOM) depolymerization to dissolved organic carbon and mineralization to carbon dioxide (CO2)--are fundamentally driven by microbial activity, which is strongly...
Lead Institution: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: John Dunbar
Plant survival during environmental stress is a major driver of ecosystem carbon (C) cycling, and plant-microbe interactions are central to plant stress survival. However, quantifying how much C enters the soil remains a challenge especially under...
Lead Institution: Joint Genome Institute
Principal Investigator: Susannah Tringe
Coastal environments are a source of significant uncertainty in global climate models, and have historically been subjected to large-scale manipulations with substantial impact on the global carbon cycle. The objective of this proposal is to...
Lead Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Principal Investigator: Stephanie Yarwood
Wetland restoration efforts are critical to enhance carbon sequestration in biomass and reestablish ecosystem vitality and functions. The success of such restoration efforts are frequently assessed in terms of microbial processes like reduced...
Lead Institution: University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Steven Hallam
Plant and microbial biomass offers a renewable alternative to energy and materials produced from oil. The industrial scale production or biorefining of sugars and aromatic compounds from biomass needs more effective and efficient biocatalysts. For...

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