Microbes-to-Biomes is a Berkeley Lab initiative designed to reveal, decode and harness microbes – the most abundant and diverse life form on Earth – in ways that protect our fuel and food supplies, environmental security and personal health. As a lab-wide initiative, Microbes-to-Biomes brings together expertise across Berkeley Lab's major Research Areas.
An accelerating population of more than 7 billion is severely stressing the Earth’s ability to provide food and energy. As a result, we are faced with producing more with less in ways that reduce our negative impacts on climate, environmental quality and health. We believe that microbes, the most abundant and diverse form of life on Earth, could hold the answer. Read on to find out why.
Harnessing microbes to develop transformative solutions for fuel and food security
Understanding the transformation and stabilization of carbon in Earth’s terrestrial environments for improved prediction carbon feedbacks in a changing climate.
Technology to preserve and remediate our critical natural resources
Understanding the role of the microbiome in human response to environmental challenges.
THE coffee-berry borer is a pesky beetle. It is thought to destroy $500m-worth of unpicked coffee beans a year, thus diminishing the incomes of some 20m farmers. The borer spends most of its life as a larva, buried inside a coffee berry, feeding on the beans within. To do so, it has to defy the […]