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

Mar 02, 2018
Influence of Hydroclimate Variability on Power System Operations Revealed through Integrated Modeling
Integrated multi-sector modeling shows that variations in water availability associated with El [more...]

Mar 01, 2018

Newly Discovered Bacteria Can Break Down Biomass

The bacteria from ruminants' digestive systems could provide insights for biomass conversion.more...]

Feb 28, 2018

New Technology for Consistently Identifying Proteins from a Dozen Cells

A new platform melding microfluidics and robotics allows more in-depth bioanalysis with fewer c [more...]

Feb 26, 2018
Forest Lichens May Suffer Changes in Production and Range with Future Environmental Warming
Empirical and modeling approaches were used to assess the response of lichens as an indicator spe [more...]

Feb 22, 2018
Soil Microbiome in Arctic Polygonal Tundra Unlocked
Landscape topography structures the soil microbiome in Arctic polygonal tundra. The Sc [more...]