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: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Robin Gerlach
Developing algal-based biofuels and bioproducts is one of the goals of the Department of Energy-Bioenergy Technology Office (DOE-BETO). The work proposed here focuses on an algal strain, tentatively identified as Chlorella sorokiniana and obtained...
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...
Lead Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Principal Investigator: Sabeeha Merchant
Photosynthesis is the defining characteristic of plants enabling the capture and transformation of sunlight into bioenergy and has been the focus of plant research for centuries. Remarkably, whole-genome sequencing has revealed that 40% of the...
Lead Institution: Rice University
Principal Investigator: Janet Braam
Exosomes are powerful vehicles for local, distal and even transpecies cell-to-cell communication in diverse eukaryotes, but whether plant extracellular vesicles can act similarly to exosomes characterized in animals and are used for plant...
Lead Institution: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Ty Samo
Attachment between phototrophic microalgae and heterotrophic bacteria is an integral yet understudied facet of microbial ecology. Such inter-kingdom cooperative partnerships have important consequences for biogeochemical cycling, ecosystem function...
Lead Institution: University of Tennessee
Principal Investigator: Cong Trinh
The goal of this proposed research is to elucidate and harness the exceptional robustness of the novel, undomesticated Yarrowia lipolytica isolates from genetic diversity screening as a bioenergy microbial platform for efficient conversion of...