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Register for JGI’s New Lineages of Life (NeLLi) Workshop

The Joint Genome Institute’s NeLLi workshop—which takes place April 5-6 in Walnut Creek—will focus on experimental innovations, computational advances, and other technological developments that will enable researchers to move from identification of microbial novelty to assigning metabolic and functional capabilities. More>

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Register for JGI’s Annual Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting

The event takes place March 20-23 in Walnut Creek. The plenary session begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, with the first keynote address followed by the first of two poster sessions. Those who register by Jan. 20 save $50. Workshops will run all day Monday, March 20, and Tuesday, March 21, with separate registration required. More>

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Industrial Biotechnology Leader Selected as New JGI Director

Nigel Mouncey, currently with Dow AgroSciences, has been named the JGI Director. The announcement follows a national search in which a committee convened by Biosciences ALD Jay Keasling and led by Richard Myers of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, carefully evaluated 75 candidates for the Director position. More>

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Register for JGI’s Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop in February

The workshop on Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics, set for Feb. 27 to March 3, will include seminars and extensive hands-on tutorials on how to use the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) family of systems for comparative analysis of isolate genomes and metagenomes. Cost is $425 for the five-day course. Go here to register and for more information.

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JGI Launches Viruses Database on IMG System

In a series of four articles published in the January 2017 Database issue of the Nucleic Acids Research journal, JGI researchers report on the latest updates to several publicly accessible databases and computational tools that benefit the global community of microbial researchers. One report focuses on a new database dedicated to global viral diversity. More>

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Engineering a More Efficient System for Harnessing Carbon Dioxide

A team from the Max-Planck-Institute, using expertise from the Joint Genome Institute, has reverse engineered a biosynthetic pathway for more effective carbon fixation. This novel pathway is based on a new CO2-fixing enzyme that is nearly 20 times faster than the most prevalent enzyme in nature responsible for capturing CO2 in plants by using sunlight as energy. More>

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JGI Community Science Program Allocations Announced

From deep within the Earth to the upper atmosphere, the organisms and ecosystems highlighted in the 37 projects selected for the 2017 Community Science Program reflect the breadth and depth of research scientists are undertaking to find solutions to energy and environmental challenges. More>

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2017 Projects Announced for JGI, EMSL Joint FICUS Program

Ten projects have been selected for the “Facilities Integrating Collaborations for User Science” (FICUS) initiative led by the JGI and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL). The FICUS initiative represents a unique opportunity for scientists to harness the combined power of genomics and molecular characterization in a single proposed research project. More>

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JGI Analysis Helps Find Clues on How Fungi Help Trees Tolerate Drought

A team including JGI researchers has identified adaptations in the transcriptome of the most common ectomycorrhizal fungus that could help their hosts be more resistant to drought stress, a finding that could be useful in developing more plant feedstocks for bioenergy amidst the changing climate. More>

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JGI’s FICUS Program Helps with Study on Microbial Impacts from Fracking

Through FICUS, — JGI’s collaborative science program with PNNL’s Environmental Molecular Sciences Lab — Ohio State researchers reconstructed microbial genomes from fractured shale for the first time as part of efforts to understand the impact of hydraulic fracturing on microbial communities in the deep subsurface. More>

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