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Toward More Efficient Artificial Photosynthesis
A team led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Terrestrial Microbiology and the University of Bordeaux have developed a platform that mimics chloroplast function within a cell-sized system.
The Surprising Structure of a Shrub Willow Sex Chromosome
Shrub willow and its close relative Populus trichocarpa, or the poplar tree, are potential biofuel feedstocks. Understanding the mechanisms by which they reproduce can help guide breeding efforts.
Viruses Reprogram Cells into Different Virocells
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, so the adage goes, it must be a duck. But if the duck gets infected by a virus so that it no longer looks or quacks like one, is it still a duck? For Ohio State and University of Michigan researchers, the answer is no.
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Gene Atlas of a Nitrogen-Fixing Legume Symbiont
Understanding how bacterial communities produce biofuels or to remediate contaminated environments is limited due to a lack of knowledge of the functional properties of microbes and their genes. A high-throughput approach will help fill-in these gaps in knowledge, laying a solid foundation for researchers hoping to engineer bacteria with improved or novel traits.
Role of Fungal Endosymbionts in Host Reproduction
This project focuses on endosymbionts and fungal reproduction, expanding knowledge on the complexities of microbiome interactions. These fungi are industrially important because they produce valuable lipid products.
Scaling Microbial Traits From Genomes to Watersheds
Using remote sensing, metagenomics and machine learning, researchers are building new ways to predict of how plant and microbial metabolism interact to influence biogeochemistry across watersheds in the headwaters of the Colorado River.
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Computationally Classifying Fungal Lifestyles
Machine learning methods were applied on sequenced fungal genomes, generated in part through the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project, to classify them by lifestyles.
Here, There and Everywhere: Large and Giant Viruses Abound Globally
In Nature, a JGI-led team uncovered a broad diversity of large and giant viruses that belong to the nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses (NCLDV) supergroup. The expansion of the diversity for large and giant viruses offered the researchers insights into how they might interact with their hosts.
Expanding Virophage Diversity
Researchers provided a global analysis of the diversity, distribution, and evolution of virophages - and in doing so, increased the number of known high quality virophage genome sequences 10-fold through computational approaches.
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JGI Engagement: Accessing Functional Genomics Capabilities Webinar
Hear how researchers have availed of JGI resources and capabilities to advance their science through the year-round Community Science Program’s Functional Genomics call for proposals.
How to Target a Microbial Needle within a Community Haystack
Enabled by the JGI’s Emerging Technologies Opportunity Program, researchers at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Marine Microbiology have developed, tested and deployed a pipeline to first target cells from communities of uncultivated microbes, and then efficiently retrieve and characterize their genomes.
JGI-enabled User Science Highlights in our Progress Report
Check out some of the JGI-enabled user science from the last year highlighted in the latest JGI Progress Report! Download a copy or request a print copy today!
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Picking Up Threads of Cotton Genomics
High quality genomes of the five major cotton lineages have been assembled by a multi-institutional team and are available for comparative analysis on JGI’s plant data portal Phytozome. “The goal has been for all this new cotton work, and even the original cotton project was to try to bring in molecular methods of breeding into cotton,” said JGI Plant Program head Jeremy Schmutz, one of the senior authors of the Nature Genetics study.
Inspiring STEM Careers Through a Hands-on Everglades Microbiome Study
The pilot project between JGI and a Boca Raton Community High School class in Palm Beach County, Florida has led to a data report published in the journal Environmental Microbiome. The class sought to apply the latest molecular techniques to learn more about the microbial communities in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, a 226-square mile area of the northern Everglades in Palm Beach County, and particularly about the microbes that play roles in the methane cycle.
Honey Bee Gut Microbiota Divvy Up Dinner
Honey bees rely on their gut microbiota to produce these enzymes to break down polysaccharides. An international team of researchers has identified the major metabolic roles of constituent microbes, publishing their findings in PNAS.
March 16, 2017