Ecology 

Biological Technologies

Ecology Department scientists are experts at developing biological technologies that are used for energy, environmental, and health applications. Our personnel hold key positions in a wide range of biofuel-related projects, which include discovery of fuel-related biosynthetic enzymes and heterologous expression or re-engineering of fuel-related metabolic pathways in bacteria (including cyanobacteria), algae, and plants.

Examples of current technologies developed by the Ecology Department include the R&D 100 award winners:

R&D100-2014-MCM-Holman

Berkeley Lab Multiplex Chemotyping Microarray

Generates collections of microscopic biomolecule or particle assemblies accurately and reproducibly. Enables rapid chemical analyses of prospective biofuel plants and microbial communities, by combining high-throughput micro-contact printing technology with high-fidelity spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques.

Berkeley Lab PhyloChip

Used to quantify key microbial interactions in climate-altered soil communities, identify thermophilic composting processes for increased energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases, and control pathogens in surface waters.