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Article ID: 709241

Using Tiny Organisms to Unlock Big Environmental Mysteries

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

When you hear about the biological processes that influence climate and the environment, such as carbon fixation or nitrogen recycling, it’s easy to think of them as abstract and incomprehensibly large-scale phenomena. Yet parts of these planet-wide processes are actually driven by the tangible actions of organisms at every scale of life, beginning at the smallest: the microorganisms living in the air, soil, and water. And now Berkeley Lab researchers have made it easier than ever to study these microbial communities by creating an optimized DNA analysis technique.

Released:
7-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EST

Article ID: 709252

Peeling back the data: NYS apple industry has larger economic impact

Cornell University

A Cornell University team has found that the economic impact of the apple industry in New York State is 21 percent larger than traditional models suggest. Researchers used the apple industry as a case study to test a new – more precise - framework for economic impact analysis.

Released:
7-Mar-2019 7:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 709239

Engineered Microbe May Be Key to Producing Plastic From Plants

University of Wisconsin-Madison

With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable — but frustratingly untapped — bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics.

Released:
6-Mar-2019 6:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 708886

A Simplified Way to Predict the Function of Microbial Communities

Department of Energy, Office of Science

A pioneering study offers an easier approach to study how microbes work and could help scientists advance models of the cycling of elements and nutrients in frequently flooded soils.

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6-Mar-2019 2:55 PM EST
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Article ID: 709212

A “Post-Antibiotic World?”

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

The products of wastewater treatment have been found to contain trace amounts of antibiotic resistant DNA. These products are often reintroduced to the environment and water supply, potentially resulting in the spread of antibiotic resistance.

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6-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 709142

Impact of Urbanization on Wild Bees Underestimated

University of Michigan

Wild bees are indispensable pollinators, supporting both agricultural productivity and the diversity of flowering plants worldwide.

Released:
6-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EST

Article ID: 709121

A faster, more accurate way to monitor drought

Duke University

More than 2 billion people worldwide are affected by water shortages, wildfires, crop losses, forest diebacks or other environmental or economic woes brought on by drought.

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5-Mar-2019 11:10 AM EST

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