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

May 29, 2017
Ecological Role of Hydraulic Traits of Amazon Rainforest Trees
Differences in xylem and leaf hydraulic traits explain differences in drought tolerance among ma [more...]

May 27, 2017
Long Term Decomposition: The Influence of Litter Type and Soil Horizon on Retention of Plant Carbon and Nitrogen in Soils
Litter type affects initial decomposition rates, but soil horizon affects mechanisms of long-ter [more...]

May 19, 2017
High Yield Biomass Conversion Strategy Ready For Commercialization
Researchers demonstrate 80% of biomass is converted into high-value products. [more...]

May 08, 2017
Tundra Carbon Losses With Rapid Permafrost Thaw
Non-linear CO2 flux response to seven years of experimentally induced permafrost thaw [more...]

May 08, 2017
Fungi: Gene Activator Role Discovered
High levels of DNA base modification reported in early-derived fungi. more...]