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Unearthing Cornerstones in Root Microbiomes

A plant’s immune system can distinguish between friends and foes among microbes, and upon detecting pathogens, can activate a defensive response. In a study, a team including Joint Genome scientists looked at roles of three phytohormones in controlling the composition of the root microbiome in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. More>

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JGI Team Helps Evaluate Fungi for Bioremediation

As published in Plos One, a team including Joint Genome Institute scientists evaluated the potential bioremediation capabilities of six white rot fungi. The team is looking for fungi that can break down oil in contaminated canal waters. More>

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JGI Team Develops Universal Method for Microbial Species Identification

Reported in Nucleic Acids Research, Joint Genome Institute researchers and collaborators developed and evaluated a new method for classifying microbial species that could be supplemented, as needed, by traditional approaches relied on by microbiologists for decades. More>

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JGI’s Nikos Kyrpides on 10 Years of IMG Data Management System

Nikos Kyrpides, head of the JGI Prokaryote Super Program, and recent recipient of the Van Niel International Prize in Bacterial Systematics, reflects on 10 years of the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system with nods to CRD’s Victor Markowitz and NERSC, and looks at future directions. More>

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JGI Develops Tool for Automating Microbial Genome Sequence Decontamination

One of the ISME Journal Top 10 most downloaded papers in the last two weeks is one by JGI scientists about ProDeGe, the first computational protocol developed for quick and automated removal of contaminant sequences from draft microbial genomes. More>

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JGI Team Charts Short-Term Results of Wetlands Restoration

Joint Genome Institute researchers are studying microbial communities in restored wetlands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to determine if they could serve as carbon sinks or act as carbon emitters. More>

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JGI Promoting Safety and Wellness at Work and at Home

Marking its nineth year, the annual JGI Safety and Wellness Fair took place on June 3, drawing attendees to over a dozen booths promoted various aspects of health and safety, both at work and at home. The event was organized by the JGI Safety & Wellness (SWELL) Team. More>

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JGI’s Carbon Cycling Studies on Restored Marshes

In a new video, DOE Joint Genome Institute Metagenome Program Head, Susannah Tringe, and postdoc, Susie Theroux, discuss the lessons to be learned from studying the microbial diversity of marshes that have been converted to other uses, and are now being restored, as well as the potential impacts on the global carbon cycle. More>

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Longer DNA Fragments Reveal Rare Species Diversity

New sequence assembly technologies developed at the Joint Genome Institute help reconstruct environmental microbial communities. Many microbes cannot be cultivated in a laboratory setting, hindering attempts to understand Earth’s microbial diversity. More>

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Banfield Profile, Video Highlight Research Collaborations

A JGI user profile of Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division staff scientist and UC Berkeley professor Jill Banfield includes a video in which she shares her perspective on how the DOE JGI helps advance her research related to the roles of microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling. More>

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