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

Searchable Research Highlights

DOE Biological and Environmental Research Highlights Database

Description
This is a public database containing highlights of BER programmatic research generated by program managers. It is updated regularly as new highlights and occasional press releases are received.

Search Features

Topical Searches can be conducted by selecting one or multiple topics from the various listed categories (Mission Science, Cross-Cutting, User Facilities and Centers, and Research Areas).

  • To search for all highlights associated with a listed topic, select the topic of interest and click ‘List’.
  • Selecting multiple topics results in a Boolean ‘or’ search, meaning the database returns a list of highlights pertaining to each topic selected. For example, selecting ‘Environmental Cleanup’ and ‘Microbes and Communities’ displays all highlights from both topic areas.
  • To restrict results to the intersection of two or more topic areas, use the Keyword Search option and type ‘and’ between words. For example, typing ‘microbes and environmental cleanup’ displays only those highlights discussing microbes associated with cleanup.

Search results are displayed in reverse chronological order.

To list all of the entries in the database, click the ‘Clear all choices’ button, then click the ‘Search’ button.

Full Text Searches can be conducted using the Keyword Search option. The search engine examines all of the words in every stored entry and displays highlights matching the search words supplied. Keyword Search can be further narrowed by selecting one or more of the listed topics.

  • Acronyms such as ARM currently must be spelled out and enclosed in quotes—e.g.,“Atmospheric Radiation Measurement”—in order to display only the most relevant highlights.

Searches also can be conducted by the release date of the research highlight or by BER division.

Topic Coding Notes

Topic codes have been assigned to each of the highlights in this database. Because many highlights transcend a number of programs and research areas, coding has been prioritized for the most relevant topic categories to prevent searches from becoming nonspecific. This means that certain specialized searches may require several searches to obtain all of the entries being sought.

If you find there are highlights that should receive different codes, please notify Kris Christen at christenks@ornl.gov.

Since most highlights cite a journal article, the ‘Scientific Literature’ classification has been reserved for entries that mention research featured on a journal cover, BER scientists authoring or editing a book, announcements regarding publication of a workshop report, and special journal issues featuring BER-funded research.

 

 

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Recent Highlights

Apr 07, 2017
Tracking Genome Expansion in Giant Viruses
Piecemeal acquisition of genes from hosts may explain the rise of giant viruses. [more...]

Mar 17, 2017
Grasses: The Secrets Behind Their Stomatal Success
Finding a grass gene impacting stomatal morphology underscores the importance of developing a mut [more...]

Mar 15, 2017
Phosphate Stress and Immunity Systems in Plants are Orchestrated by the Root Microbial Community
Better understanding of these plant-microbe interactions could lead to improved bioenerg [more...]

Mar 09, 2017
Soils Could Release Much More Carbon Than Expected as Climate Warms
Findings from a whole-soil warming experiment show that deeper soil layers are more sensitive to [more...]

Feb 28, 2017
A New Fine-Root Database Addresses Belowground Challenges in Plant Ecology
The global Fine-Root Ecology Database will improve understanding of belowground plant ecology an [more...]