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.
Employees from NERSC, ESNet, the Joint Genome Institute, Earth Sciences, the Molecular Foundry (pictured), and the Advanced Light Source gathered to take selfies as part of NASA’s worldwide celebration of Earth Day yesterday. NASA astronauts brought home the first ever images of the whole planet from space. Now NASA satellites capture new images of Earth every second. For Earth Day they tried to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a collection of portraits of the people of Earth. Check out our full #GlobalSelfie recap on Storify.
Phytozome, the Joint Genome Institute’s Plant Comparative Genomics portal, has launched its 10th release, with all new look and feel, and improved tools and navigation. The portal provides the research community with access to 46 sequenced and annotated green plant genomes sorted into gene families at 13 evolutionarily significant nodes. The genomes available at Phytozome include those of JGI Flagship Plants such as soybean, sorghum, foxtail millet, the green alga Chlamydomonas and the moss Physcomitrella. Check out the genomes here.