New Sequencing Technologies at JGI and Applications in Bioenergy Research

submitted by: dougramsey
The US DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is a high throughput sequencing and genomic research center involved in a myriad of sequencing projects. JGI’s major effort is the sequencing of genomes and transcriptomes of plants, microbes and environmental metagenomic samples of relevance to the DOE missions of carbon sequestration, bioremediation and energy production. Roche/454’s platform utilizes emulsion PCR for template amplification and pyrosequencing technology on high well-density...

Comparative Metagenomics

submitted by: dougramsey
Each metagenome study of a complex habitat is accompanied by lots of unknowns as so far the depth of sequencing is usually insufficient to reveal the entire microbial community of an ecosystem. The probably easiest way of extracting meaningful information is the comparison with existing data, analogous to that of genome comparisons. However, the complexity within the analysis chain of a single metagenome annotation is topped by the difficulties that the integration of heterogeneously...

SDSU Geological Sciences Webinar - Kathleen R. Johnson

submitted by: tcarrasc
Reconstructing Asian Monsoon History from Chinese Speleothems; Kathleen R. Johnson, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine: While we know that modern anthropogenic climate change is superimposed upon significant natural climate variability, the instrumental record of climate is too short to capture the full range of this variability. In order to fully understand and predict future changes, therefore, high-resolution, welldated paleoclimate records are needed to...

TEAM: Tropical Ecology Assessment & Monitoring Network

submitted by: kericson
Tropical ecosystems are the biologically richest places on the planet, yet what we know about them comes from scientific studies so specialized that the studies rarely make the local news. “Most ecological studies last fewer than five years at a single study site, with measurements focused on an area of only ten meters squared,” explains Sandy Andelman, Vice President of Conservation International for the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) network. “Ecology needs to scale...

SDSU Geological Sciences Webinar - Stephen T. Hasiotis

submitted by: tcarrasc
Ichnology for the 21st Century: Understanding the differences between continental and marine trace fossils, with implications to the diversity, distribution, and evolution of soil biota ; Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, Seminar Series ; The study of ichnology has come a long way since its inception and it continues to evolve. In particular, progress is being made in understanding the implications of trace fossils in the continental realm and how they can be...

Trailer: Water Before Anything

submitted by: Doorbell Productions

A movie that documents the successful Task Force process in Oregon's Umatilla County. Umatilla County has one of the worst groundwater depletion problems in the world. Five years ago a Task Force was formed to address sustainability and water rights. In 2009 the Umatilla Planning Commission adopted the Task Force's plan for sustainability beyond the year 2050. This film chronicles the conversation around groundwater and proposes that water is unique in its ability to transform conflict.