Dead zones are areas of low dissolved-oxygen concentrations caused by climate change that play a major role in the ocean ecosystem and global climate balance because they are a source of greenhouse gases and sinks for nitrogen, robbing many ocean life forms of this critical nutrient. Scientists have observed that the zones – found… [Read More]
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Researchers have mapped the genome of a microbe that thrives in oxygen-deprived areas of the ocean known as “dead zones.” These creatures are increasing, and their ability to live without oxygen might make them perfect space-dwellers. The article, published today in Science, looks at a microbe known as SUPO5, which lives in areas of the… [Read More]
In a new study, a team of scientists has mapped the genome of a microbe that is a key biological indicator of oceanic dead zones. The study was carried out by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia, along with colleagues at the US Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute. “Microbes specialize… [Read More]
In the Oct. 23 issue of the journal Science, researchers from the University of British Columbia and the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) describe the metagenome of an abundant but uncultivated microbe, known as SUP05, that is silently helping to shape the ecology of [oxygen minimum zones] worldwide. Researchers studied the… [Read More]
Genomics and proteomics research organizations Genome Canada, Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta will help fund a $7.8 million research project designed to create tools for the prediction and guarantee of sustainable biomass feedstocks for Canadian biofuel production. The University of Alberta and the U.S. DOE’s Joint Genome Institute will also co-fund the project. The… [Read More]
[P]redicting and guaranteeing sources of feedstock is complicated by natural and environmental factors, such as the current mountain pine beetle epidemic which has devastated more than 14 million hectares of pine forests, crossed BC’s Rocky Mountain barrier into Alberta, and is now poised to threaten Canada’s vast boreal forest. Dr. Joerg Bohlmann (UBC) is… [Read More]