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Biosystem Dynamics & Design

Biosystem Dynamics and Design focuses on regulation of spatial and temporal parameters of metabolic processes in microbes, fungi, and plants. By gaining a detailed understanding of how biological systems respond to and modify their environment, EMSL can improve strategies for modifying and manipulating plants, fungi and microbes to advance systems biology for bioenergy and biorenewables.

Within this science theme, EMSL will employ our research and that of our users for:

  • Metabolic compartmentalization: Integrate molecular-scale information to determine the design principles underlying biological compartments, structures and networks such as lipid particles and peroxisomes in plants and fungi, and the carboxysome in cyanobacteria.

Leads

No leads are available at this time.

Instruments

The SMSAS is a multi-technique surface analysis instrument based on elemental mapping using either scanning small spot X-rays or the electronics in...
Custodian(s): Shuttha Shutthanandan
The W-band pulsed EPR spectrometer, introduced in 2011, is one of only two of its design worldwide. It uses a Quasi-optical bridge and an induction-...
Custodian(s): Eric Walter
The Exactive MS provides ultra-high resolution MS capability and will be coupled with elemental/isotopic ion sources to provide truly unique and...
Custodian(s): David Koppenaal, Mary Lipton
More details about this instrument will be available soon.
Custodian(s): David Koppenaal, Mary Lipton
The Neptune is a mid-resolution, multi-collector ICP-MS instrument capable of simultaneous collection of up to nine elemental/isotopic masses,...

Publications

Technological developments over the last 10-20 years have made it possible to probe the structure of biomineralization proteins and their interaction...
Coronaridine (1) was isolated from the CH2Cl2 root extract of Tabernaemontana ternifolia. The structure of 1 was established from 1D- and 2D-NMR and...
Improper lengths of actin-thin filaments are associated with altered contractile activity and lethal myopathies. Leiomodin, a member of the...
Lignin is the second most abundant carbon polymer on earth and despite having more fuel value than cellulose, it currently is considered a waste...
Activity of the NtrYX two-component system has been associated with important processes in diverse bacteria, ranging from symbiosis to nitrogen and...

Science Highlights

Posted: August 14, 2018
The Science In areas that flood frequently, microbial communities must adapt to repeated wet-dry cycles. Metabolic strategies help them survive, but...
Posted: August 14, 2018
The Science By fixing atmospheric nitrogen, some bacteria are able to help plants like beans, peas, and clovers thrive. How? A recent study shows...
Posted: May 23, 2018
The Science The devastating effects of drought are expected to increase in severity and frequency in the coming years. To protect the world’s food...
Posted: April 20, 2018
The Science Advanced microscopes using a beam of electrons rather than light give scientists powerful tools to investigate biological and mineral...
Posted: March 29, 2018
The Science For years, scientists have experimented with phages—the viruses that infect bacteria—to learn how they change their host. Because such...

Instruments

There are no related projects at this time.

Biosystem Dynamics and Design focuses on regulation of spatial and temporal parameters of metabolic processes in microbes, fungi, and plants. By gaining a detailed understanding of how biological systems respond to and modify their environment, EMSL can improve strategies for modifying and manipulating plants, fungi and microbes to advance systems biology for bioenergy and biorenewables.

Within this science theme, EMSL will employ our research and that of our users for:

  • Metabolic compartmentalization: Integrate molecular-scale information to determine the design principles underlying biological compartments, structures and networks such as lipid particles and peroxisomes in plants and fungi, and the carboxysome in cyanobacteria.

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