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Project Explores Links Between Subsurface Genomics, Watershed Biogeochemistry

The Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research has green-lighted a Berkeley Lab-led project that will develop a predictive understanding of how the genomic functions of subsurface microbiomes affect watershed-scale biogeochemical processes. The project, led by Earth Sciences Division director Susan Hubbard, will receive $6.8 million a year over the next three years. It’s called Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area 2.0, and will involve 50 scientists from Berkeley Lab and other institutions including UC Berkeley, Pacific Northwest Lab, and Oak Ridge Lab. The cell-through-watershed scale project will quantify and develop approaches to simulate how global change affects microbially induced biogeochemical cycling in the subsurface, as is relevant to carbon cycling, contaminant mobility, and agricultural sustainability. More>