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The microbial diversity
involved in the functioning of soils remains a mystery, yet is likely
the greatest reservoir of genetic potential on the planet. For example,
the processes involved in cycling carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and other
elements are key determinants of plant and ecosystem productivity,
which in practical terms translates into producing food and fiber for
humanity. Now that complete sequencing of soil metagenomes (the genomes
of all microorganisms inhabiting a given soil environment) is possible,
the NSF has funded a Research Coordination Network (RCN) called
With strong international and interdisciplinary
collaboration, the RCN was established to pursue the sequencing goal
and to facilitate activities that will increase our knowledge and
understanding of the soil metagenome. Led by an international group of
scientists interested in soil metagenomics, including OSU’s David
Myrold in CSS, the TerraGenome RCN will hold periodic
meetings to plan
strategies and share information, coordinate sequencing and
bioinformatics activities, host workshops to train students and
scientists in metagenomic analysis (see below under Conferences and
Workshops), and enhance communication and
information sharing through the TerraGenome
website. Their poster,
International Soil Metagenome Network,
introduces the program and provides an outline of activities and
structure. For more information or to share ideas, contact David Myrold.
In the News
Twenty-eight scientists, including Marty
Fisk, professor in CEOAS, will use their knowledge
of rock-eating microbes and subsurface life to assist with an
exploratory mission to
Mars. “One goal is to identify key samples of the rock and
identify those areas that might represent habitable environments,”
Fisk said, “so that a future mission can select the right rocks to
be returned to Earth.” Read
Upcoming Campus Events
Thursday, March 8
4:00-5:00pm. A Census of Deep Life: Exploring Microbial
Diversity in the Earth's Subsurface (Geology Colloquium ).
CEOAS Seminar with Rick Colwell. Held on campus at OSU Gilfillan
Auditorium . FMI: http://www.coas.oregonstate.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=calendar.main.
Let others in the SBI community know about your upcoming
relevant seminars - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conferences and Workshops
Wednesday, June 6 -
Friday, June 8.
Ocean Crust Processes and Consequences for Life
(Dark Energy Biosphere Institute (DEBI) Research Coordination Network
(RCN)). Theme: Processes in the ocean crust, from formation to
subduction, and consequences for ocean-crust exchange budgets and
subseafloor life. S Held at University of Bremen, Germany. FMI:
Wolfgang Bach email@example.com.
Saturday, June 16 -
19. American Society for Microbiology General
Meeting. ASM's General Meeting focuses on the following broad
categories: diagnostic microbiology and epidemiology; pathogenesis and
host response mechanisms; general and applied microbiology (including
environmental microbiology); and molecular microbiology, physiology,
and virology. Held at San Francisco, CA. FMI: http://gm.asm.org/.
Sunday, July 8 - Friday,
14th International Working Meeting on Soil
Micromorphology. Held at l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans,
Barcelona, Spain. FMI: http://www.lleida2012.udl.cat/
Sunday, August 5 -
10. Workshop: Answering Ecological Questions
with Metagenomic Sequencing (2012 Ecological Society of
America Annual Meeting). Held at Oregon Convention Center, Portland,
OR. FMI: David Myrold firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 21 -
October 24. Symposium on Soil Metagenomics
(2012 Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting). Held at
Cincinnati, Ohio. FMI: David Myrold email@example.com.
Opportunities for Students
(listed by due date)
Sigma Xi Research Grants 03/15/2012
Program: The goal of the graduate student program is to
stimulate the advancement of deep biosphere research through the
training of a new generation of innovative scientists. April 2, 2012.
Post-Doctoral Scholar Program: The C-DEBI Postdoctoral
Scholar Program supports postdoctoral research in C-DEBI community
laboratories. April 2, 2012.
Research and Travel Exchange Program: C-DEBI facilitates
scientific coordination and collaborations by supporting student,
postdoctoral, and faculty exchanges to build, educate and train the
deep subseafloor biosphere community.
Opportunities for Faculty
(listed by due date)
The SBI has funding available for proposal development
and maintains a
list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.
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