DOE/Joint Genome Institute

Same fungus, different strains

Fungi play key roles in nature and are valued for their great importance in industry. Consider citric acid, a key additive in several foods and pharmaceuticals produced on a large-scale basis for decades with the help of ...

dateMay 13, 2011 in Biotechnology
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How scavenging fungi became a plant's best friend

Glomeromycota is an ancient lineage of fungi that has a symbiotic relationship with roots that goes back nearly 420 million years to the earliest plants. More than two thirds of the world's plants depend on this soil-dwelling ...

dateNov 25, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Breaking down biomass with thermophilic bacteria

The deconstruction of biomass is a pivotal process in the biofuel industry, but the enzymes that possess a significant role in the breakdown of biomass remain relatively unexplored. To this end, DOE researchers at several ...

dateAug 05, 2013 in Biotechnology
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Novel group of giant viruses discovered

Viruses have a ubiquitous presence in the world. Their population is estimated to be 1031, 10 times greater than the nonillion (1030) of microbes on the planet—a figure that surpasses the number of stars in the Milky Way. ...

dateApr 06, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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