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Videos Featuring SBR-Funded Research

Newly Identified Microbial Process Could Reduce Toxic Methylmercury Levels: A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments. ORNL News Release (May 31, 2017)

E4D-RT: Real-time Four-Dimensional Subsurface Imaging (2016 R&D 100 Award Winner): An imaging technology that enables researchers—for the first time—to take four-dimensional views of the subsurface was selected as a 2016 R&D 100 Award winner. The technology combines geology, physics, mathematics and chemistry with supercomputer modeling to create four-dimensional images of what’s happening below the surface. E4D-RT was developed by PNNL's Tim Johnson. (Nov 4, 2016)

Mighty Microbes Where Rivers Run: PNNL ecologist James Stegen discusses his team’s research in the area where river water and groundwater mix — an area known as the hyporheic zone — along the Columbia. (Apr 7, 2016)

Pollution Solutions: Reversing the effects of pollution: BBC program spotlighted ORNL's mercury research as part of its series on Pollution Solutions. SFA accomplishments were highlighted, along with other mercury-focused research within ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. (Feb 14, 2016)

Jill Banfield on JGI's Role in Characterizing Rifle Subsurface Microbes: Berkeley scientist Jillian Banfield shares her perspective on how the DOE Joint Genome Institute helps advance her research on the roles of subsurface microbial communities in biogeochemical cycling. The interview was conducted near Rifle, Colorado at the primary field site for Phase I of the Subsurface Systems Scientific Focus Area 2.0 sponsored by the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (May 7, 2015)

Metabolic Potential: Berkeley Lab Earth Scientists Jill Banfield and Harry Beller explain the SFA's research on how metabolic lifestyles of microbial communities modulate in response to as well as influence environmental change. (Feb 17, 2015)

Watershed Structure and Controls: Berkeley Lab Earth Scientist Ken Williams explains the SFA's watershed research including identification and monitoring of primary factors that control biogeochemical functioning. (Jan 23, 2015)

Genomes-to-Watershed: Overview of the Berkeley Lab SFA project by Susan Hubbard, Project Lead, on its mission to develop a predictive understanding of terrestrial environments to enable a new class of solutions for environmental and energy solutions. (Dec 19, 2014)

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