As permafrost thaws, microbes break down the newly available carbon in the soil, possibly resulting in a flux of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
When a wildfire obliterates a forest, the first life to rise from the ashes is usually a fungus—one of several species that cannot complete its life cycle without fire.
For a plant to thrive, it needs the help of a friendly fungus—preferably one that will dig its way deep into the cells of the plant’s roots.
The group behind a multi-state project to develop recreational, environmental, and economic opportunities along the Tennessee River will host public events in five communities across Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky throughout July and August.
By acting as gatekeepers, microbes can affect geological processes that move carbon from the earth’s surface into its deep interior, according to a study published in Nature and coauthored by microbiologists at UT.
As much as 70 percent of all earth’s bacteria live underground; that is almost twice as much the volume of all oceans in our planet.
A UT professor and expert known for his work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery efforts has co-authored a report making a series of recommendations to federal agencies on how to safely clean up after spills.
New research by a global team of scientists has resulted in significant strides in ornithological classification and identified possible causes of diversity among modern bird species.
From the inside out: that’s the approach Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes takes when it comes to controlling the fall armyworm, a major threat to food supplies in Africa.
Jacob Dein, a graduate student studying geography, has received a 2019 American Geographical Society (AGS) Council Fellowship for his research studying the impact of noise pollution in urban spaces.
Throughout April, UT’s Office of Sustainability will work with students, faculty, and campus partners to provide a range of environmentally focused events to celebrate Earth Month.
A new study is using observations made by Henry David Thoreau—19th-century American naturalist, social reformer, and philosopher—to explore the effects of climate change on tree leaf-out and, as a result, the emergence of spring wildflowers.