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

Feb 04, 2017
Windthrow Variability in Central Amazonia
A new study pinpoints the seasonal and interannual variability of windthrows. more...]

Jan 30, 2017
Vitamin B12 Plays Broad Role in Cellular Metabolism
Scarce compound is key for microbial growth and may help shape microbial communities. [more...]

Jan 25, 2017
Climate Warming Could Cause Mountaintop Plants and Soils to Become Out of Sync
Plants and soil microorganisms may be altered by climate warming at different rates and in diffe [more...]

Jan 16, 2017
Extending the Life of Lithium-Ion Batteries
A recent study offers new insights into how lithium-ion battery cathodes fail. [more...]

Jan 10, 2017
Differences in Soluble Organic Carbon Chemistry in Pore Waters Sampled from Different Pore Size Domains
Protecting soils to mitigate climate change The Science  [more...]