The Joint Genome Institute and others conducted an in-depth, population-based approach to identifying mechanisms for adaptation in poplars. The method could be harnessed for developing more accurate predictive climate change models. More>
The DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) have accepted 12 projects submitted during the 2014 … More»
The sheer volume of oceanic cyanobacteria makes them major players in the global carbon cycle and responsible for up to a third of the carbon fixed. However, very little is known about the viruses in the water. To help resolve this lack of knowledge, a population-scale survey was conducted at JGI using a game-changing new technique. More>
Gathering in Walnut Creek sought to expand safety culture, promote healthy living, and raise awareness of services offered at the Joint Genome Institute, Berkeley Lab, and Contra Costa County. More>
Information will help harness tree’s potential as energy feedstock that doesn’t compete with food crops. More>
Research seeks to defend the fruit against citrus greening and other threats. More>
Research important for improving agricultural practices and increasing crop yields for food and biofuel. More>
The Spring 2014 issue of the JGI Primer is now available from the Joint Genome Institute, with highlights from the recent Genomics of Energy & Environment Meeting and other stories. For hard copies or to be added to the distribution list, contact Terri Bartolome.
Despite its name, the Dead Sea does support life. Algae, bacteria, and fungi make up the limited number of species that can tolerate the extremely salty environment. Some organisms thrive in salty environments by lying dormant when salt concentrations are very high. Other organisms need salt to grow. To learn which survival strategy the filamentous fungus Eurotium rubrum uses, a team of researchers — including the Joint Genome Institute’s Igor Grigoriev — studied its genome. More>
The game where one has to guess how many jellybeans or marbles can fill a jar should never be played with the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus. By some estimates, in a single liter of water as many as 100 million cells of this tiny bacterium can be found. As reported in the April 25, 2014 issue of Science, JGI collaborator Sallie Chisholm, her post-doctoral fellow Nadav Kashtan, and their collaborators at the DOE JGI sequenced and assembled Prochlorococcus genomes from single cells collected at the Bermuda-Atlantic Time-series Study site in the northwestern Sargasso Sea between November 2008 and April 2009.