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: John Cort
This project will use NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to elucidate structures and profile mixtures of novel fatty acids produced by engineered microorganisms.
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: Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: Kate Lajtha
Limited knowledge of the molecular mechanisms behind soil organic matter (SOM) stabilization and destabilization processes impedes improving models of earth systems and global carbon dynamics, as well as our ability to understand important linkages...
Lead Institution: University of Vermont
Principal Investigator: Aimee Classen
Soil carbon (C) feedbacks to the atmosphere remain one of the greatest areas of uncertainty in future climate predictions, largely due to an inadequate representation of three key factors in ecosystem models -- soil organic matter (SOM) chemistry,...
Lead Institution: Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Kirsten Hofmockel
Soil organic matter (SOM) is the largest active carbon reservoir in the terrestrial environment and significantly influences soil fertility, water quality, global C cycling and associated feedbacks to Earth's climate system. It is increasingly...
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: 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: 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 Florida
Principal Investigator: Hui-ling Liao
As the critical members of forest microbiome, ectomycorrhizal fungi (EMF) play important roles in forest ecosystems. EMF provide their tree hosts with macro- and micronutrients in exchange for photosynthetically fixed carbon (C) and can catalyze the...
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...