The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has established the Agile BioFoundry (ABF), a consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories dedicated to advancing biomanufacturing. These partners will work together to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline to solve challenges in biofuel and bioproduct development and dissemination. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is leading the consortium, working with the following partners: The Ames Laboratory; Argonne, Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Sandia, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories; and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Development of the ABF is part of BETO’s Conversion Research and Development Program, which funds projects to develop technologies for converting biomass feedstocks into high quality biofuels and bioproducts.
The EcoFAB initiative will create a new center for world-class ecological research. EcoFAB will involve close collaborations with researchers at the DOE Joint Genome Institute and in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA). A cross-functional team of biologists, geologists, and ecologists from Berkeley Lab will provide critical new insights into ecosystem processes through the creation of controlled model ecosystems in which microorganisms and host responses can be monitored in response to additional or changing variables. Read more in the EcoFAB workshop report.
EcoFAB is one of a four-part program of the Biosphere Interactions Supergroup, a collaboration between the Biosciences Area and EESA, particularly the Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology (Biosciences) and Climate & Ecosystem Sciences (EESA) Divisions.
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 an effort to develop novel approaches for protecting fuel and food supplies, increasing environmental security, and promoting the health of biological systems. To lessen the impact of our growing population, scientists are developing methods to produce more with less in order to reduce stress on climate, environmental quality, and health. Investigators believe that microbes, the most abundant and diverse form of life on Earth, could hold the answer. Biosciences researchers participate in this multi-disciplinary effort to answer fundamental questions about microbial interactions with their environment and develop innovative solutions in the areas of energy, environment, and health for a sustainable future.