Biosciences Division

In The News

DOE, ORNL Scientists release Billion Ton Study report
ORNL press release, July 12, 2016

ORNL scientists isolate, culture elusive Yellowstone microbe
ORNL press release, July 6, 2016

Four ORNL researchers receive DOE early career funding awards
ORNL press release, May 3, 2016

ORNL's Loeffler elected fellow of American Academy of Microbiology
ORNL press release, March 30, 2016

ORNL's Davison, DePaoli elected AlChE fellows
ORNL press release, March 18, 2016

DOE-funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure
ORNL press release, March 3, 2016

ORNL Research Team Simulates Cell Membrane: Uses Titan, SNS
ORNL press release, March 2, 2016

Treating Biofuel Insitu
ORNL press release, March 2, 2016

Titan Probes Depths of Biofuel's Biggest Barrier
ORNL press release, February 16, 2016

BESC study seeks nature's best biocatalysts for biofuel production
ORNL press release, January 14, 2016

ORNL cell-free protein synthesis is potential lifesaver
ORNL press release, December 29, 2015

New supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion and function
ORNL press release, November 23, 2015

Energy-efficient reaction drives ORNL biofuel conversion technology
ORNL press release, November 3, 2015

Neutrons help understand enzymes that could produce improvements in biomass processing
ORNL press release, October 7, 2015

BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production
ORNL press release, August 14, 2015

New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities
ORNL press release, August 10, 2015

BESC, Mascoma develop revolutionary microbe for biofuel production
ORNL press release, June 3, 2015

Neutron scattering and supercomputing used to study shape of a protein involved in cancer
ORNL press release, March 25, 2015

Wheat gene helps increase chestnut blight resistence
ORNL press release, December 22, 2014

ORNL researchers Buchanan, Liang, Mayes named AAAS fellows
ORNL press release, November 24, 2014

Simpson named new JIBS director
ORNL press release, October 21, 2014

Signatures of Selection Inscribed on Poplar Genomes
ORNL press release, August 25, 2014

ORNL welcomes first Liane Russell fellows
ORNL press release: Aug. 29, 2014

ORNL researchers Simpson, Snead, Tuskan named Corporate Fellows
ORNL press release, June 24, 2014

UGA, ORNL research team engineers microbes for the direct conversion of biomass to fuel
ORNL press release, June 3, 2014

A tipping point for lignin: Improving processing in the biorefinery
ORNL press release, May 15, 2014

Bioenergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor's Chair
ORNL press release, February 21, 2014

Building better biofuels: Gaining insights through neutron science
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

All eyes on the Arctic: Multilab project focuses on vulnerable high-latitude ecosystems
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

Biological boundaries Neutrons have a unique ability to "see" cell membranes
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

Tailoring the poplar genome to biofuel production
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

Seeking sustainability Can environmental impacts be as easy to understand as a weather report?
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

A broad approach to green tech Clean energy is becoming more than just "clean"
ORNL Review 47(1): First quarter 2014

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Researchers collect data from Yellowstone's Obsidian Pool during fire season

Top from left: ORNL researcher Mircea Podar, University of Tennessee (UT) graduate student Carolyn Swift, and UT postdoctoral researcher Louie Wurch. Bottom from left: Fire consultant Lee Freeman, Wurch, and Swift.
ORNL and UT researchers were at Yellowstone National Park recently as part of an archaea diversity study led by ORNL's Mircea Podar. Part of the research involved taking samples from a thermal pool with evolutionary and biotechnological implications. Lee Freeman, a fire consultant, accompanied the group as part of a Yellowstone National Park service requirement because there was a fire in the area. Podar said the samples from Obsidian Pool will be used for the bionenergy progam and for their research projects on archaea, single-celled microorganisms. [September 2013]

ORNL establishes Liane B. Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship
ORNL press release: December 5, 2013

ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production
ORNL press release: November 13, 2013

Tree roots and their microbial partners may provide answers to productivity
ORNL press release: November 13, 2013

Toxic methylmercury-producing microbes more widespread than realized
ORNL press release: Sept. 12, 2013

ORNL team receives $2 million to study use of microbial electrolysis in biorefineries
ORNL Review 47(1): February 2013

'Zoomable' map of poplar proteins offers new view of bioenergy crop
ORNL press release: Jan. 29, 2013

Plant Microbiomes Unfurl: As DNA sequencing costs drop, scientists begin cataloging plants' beneficial band of microbial stowaways
Chemical & Engineering News: October 1, 2012

10,000 Feet Down: Extreme bacteria provide an unexpected boost to manufacturing
ORNL Review 45(2): October 2012

Water-Wise Biofuel Crop Study to Alter Plants Metabolic, Photosynthesis Process September 14, 2012
Biofuels Journal: September 14, 2012
Domestic September 14, 2012
Hobby Farms: September 28, 2012

Teacher Lauds ‘Amazing Opportunity’ to Participate in ORNL Fellowship Program
Oswego Patch: July 25, 2012

Tapping into reservoir of heat-loving bacteria. BESC scientists explore bacteria to break down cellulose
Science Daily: July 2, 2012

LABRADOR soon to sniff out graves around the world: BSD scientist Dr. Arpad Vass has invented a device that detects the odor of human decomposition.
WATE TV: May 15, 2012

Follow ORNL scientists in the Arctic as part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment (NGEE)

ORNL to partner with Knowledge Foundation for biosurveillance symposium in Washington, DC, on June 27th, 2012
PR Web: March 29, 2012

Gerald A. Tuskan named Forest Biotechnologist of the Year
ORNL press release: Feb. 3, 2012

Supercomputer reveals new details behind drug-processing protein model
ORNL press release: Dec. 6, 2011

A Bioenergy Ecosystem
ORNL Review 44(3): Third Qtr 2011

Single, Key Gene Discovery Could Streamline Production of Biofuels
DOE press release: August 11, 2011

National Laboratories and Universities Team up to Build a Community Systems Biology Knowledgebase
DOE press release: July 7, 2011

DOE program reaches thousands of students with 'farming for fuels' program
ORNL press release: June 1, 2011

Bacterial genome may hold answers to mercury mystery
ORNL press release: April 8, 2011
ScienceDaily article

Key plant traits yield more sugar for biofuels
ORNL press release: March 29, 2011

Neutron analysis yields insight into bacteria for solar energy
ORNL press release: March 23, 2011

BESC scores a first with isobutanol directly from cellulose

'Fingerprints' match molecular simulations with reality
ORNL press release: Feb. 22, 2011

New lignin 'lite' switchgrass boosts biofuel yield by more than one-third
ORNL press release: Feb. 14, 2011

Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury
ORNL Review 44(1): First Qtr 2011

The next generation of biofuels
ORNL Review 43(3) (entire issued devoted to biofuels)
Third Qtr 2010

Cell signaling classification system gives researchers new tool
ORNL press release: July 2, 2010

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