U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research

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Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science

BER science is vital to the nation's energy security and environmental future. Its mission is to understand complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems across time and space at scales ranging from nanoseconds to millennia, from submicron to global, and from individual molecules to ecosystems. BER science programs explore the frontiers of genome-enabled biology; discover the physical, chemical and biological drivers of climate change; and seek the biological, geochemical, and hydrological determinants of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

For more than 50 years, BER has advanced world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities to support DOE environment, energy, and basic research missions. BER's foundational science is underpinning the development of cellulosic biofuels as major secure national energy resources. Other BER priorities include understanding relationships between climate change and Earth's ecosystems, assessing options for carbon biosequestration, predicting the fate and transport of contaminants in subsurface environments, and developing new tools to explore the interface of biological and physical sciences.

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Recent Highlights

Nov 01, 2017
Electrical and Seismic Response of Saline Permafrost Soil During Freeze-Thaw Transition
The Science This study demonstrated the mechanical and electrical resp [more...]

Nov 01, 2017
Rapid Characterization of Northern Cold-Region Soil Organic Matter
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Oct 13, 2017
Measuring Photosynthesis via the Glow of Plants
Novel observations suggest a great potential of measuring global gross primary production via so [more...]

Oct 05, 2017
Networking Science to Improve Soil Organic Matter Management Opportunities
A perspective from the International Soil Carbon Network. The Science [more...]

Sep 29, 2017
How Bacteria Produce Manganese Oxide Nanoparticles
Structural characterization of bacterial enzyme complex sheds light on manganese biomineralizati [more...]