Today at Berkeley Lab

TED Talk by JBEI’s Pam Ronald

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, gave a talk at TED2015 Truth and Dare Conference this past March. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. Go here to watch her presentation.

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JBEI, California Technology Council Host May 7 Technology Showcase

The event (1 to 5 p.m. in Emeryville) provides an inside look at promising research in academia, with talks by leading investors and start-up demos in renewables, green chemistry, and industrial biotech. Free tickets are available for the first 10 Berkeley Lab staff to register. Contact Matt Gardner for tickets. Go here for more information and to register.

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JBEI Promotes Bioenergy at Cal Day

On April 18 JBEI volunteers participated at Cal Day, UC Berkeley’s annual open house. Hosted by UC Berkeley’s Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, JBEI promoted bioenergy topics as well as internships and employment opportunities.

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Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious. But JBEI’s Pamela Ronald doesn’t have time for controversy. She’s focused feeding the growing population without further destroying the environment. More>

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Keasling Honored by Chalmers For His Work on Anti-Malaria Drug

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has appointed JBEI’s CEO Jay Keasling as honorable doctor for his significant contributions in metabolic engineering, in particular his work on developing a bio-based process for production of production of the anti-malarial drug artemisinic acid. More>

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JBEI’s Pam Ronald To Be a TED2015 Speaker

Pam Ronald, JBEI’s Director of Grass Genetics, will give a talk at TED2015 Truth or Dare, taking place in Vancouver March 16-19. Ronald’s laboratory has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa. More>

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Biofuel Proteomics: JBEI Uses Proteomics to Profile Switchgrass

If advanced biofuels are to replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel on a gallon-for-gallon basis at competitive pricing, a new generation of fuel crops — plants designed specifically to serve as feedstocks for fuels — is needed. JBEI researchers have demonstrated the power of a new ally in this effort…proteomics. More>

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JBEI Hosts Seminars on March 4 and 6

On March 4, Hiroshi Nikaido of UC Berkeley will discuss “Multidrug Efflux by E. coli AcrB: Substrates, Inhibitors, and Stimulators” at noon. On March 6, Bernard Palsson of UC San Diego will speak on “Workflows for Genome-Scale Model Deployment in Metabolic Engineering” at 10 a.m. Both talks take place in Building 978-4132.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Visits the Lab

Last week, he toured the Joint BioEnergy Institute and Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit, met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos and JBEI’s Jay Keasling, along with several researchers and students during his tour. Vilsack discussed the need for innovative research partnerships to make America more energy independent.

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Keasling’s Malaria Work Featured on ABC7 News

In the piece, Keasling talks about his use of synthetic biology techniques to develop a microbial-based version of artemisinin, today’s most powerful antimalaria drug. Keasling explained that the synthetic artemisinin can be produced in a matter of weeks, rather than the months required for the natural version, for about $2 a dose. More>

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