Mapping soil heterogeneity at the microbial scale

Goal:  To  form  the  first  integrated  view  of  how  soil   physical,  chemical  and  biological  components  interact   at  fine-­‐scales  to  control  terrestrial  C  and  N  cycles

We are integrating approaches in imaging (radioisotope, 3D EM and synchrotron), molecular microbiology (metagenomics, trait-based and genome-based modeling), mass spectroscopy and microfluidics to identify, quantify, and model activity hotspots in soil from the meter to nanometer scale.

Our research team comprises staff from four divisions at LBNL (ESD: Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, Hoi-Ying Holman, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, Janet Jansson, Nick Bouskill, Giovanni Birarda, Neslihan Tas, Aaron Slowey. LSD: Bill Moses, Jim O’Neill, Trent Northen, Manfred Auer. PBD: Dylan Chivian. GSD: Tanya Woyke, Susannah Tringe, Chris Rinke) in collaboration with Jennifer Pett-Ridge at LLNL.

This research is funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, through the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Multiscale imaging and characterization of activity hotspots in soil.

Multiscale imaging and characterization of activity hotspots in soil.

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