A UT microbiologist has received a portion of a $3.1 million grant from the US Department of Energy to study how global warming could affect peatlands and their vast carbon stores in the future.
As permafrost thaws, microbes break down the newly available carbon in the soil, possibly resulting in a flux of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
Microbial communities living in deep aquatic sediments have adapted to survive on degraded organic matter, according to a study coauthored by UT professors.
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.
Marine microbes are uniquely responsible for carrying out processes that are essential for all of earth’s biogeochemical cycles, including many that play a role in climate change.
Microorganisms living underneath the surface of the earth have a total carbon mass of 15 to 23 billion tons, hundreds of times more than that of humans, according to findings announced by the Deep Carbon Observatory and coauthored by UT Professor of Microbiology Karen Lloyd.
The National Science Foundation announced support for a variety of studies aimed at understanding Earth’s biodiversity, including a project led by UT’s Frank Loeffler.
Research led by Karen Lloyd says that uncultured microbes could be dominating nearly all the environments on earth except for the human body.
Microbiology professor Steven W. Wilhelm’s Science Philanthropy Alliance article from June 2017 was referenced in a recent New York Times article about viruses.
Microbiology graduate research assistant Karissa Cross spoke with Knoxville News Sentinel about her work with the D. Oralis bacteria cultivated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
UT microbiology assistant professor Karen Lloyd interviewed with the host of Brigham Young University’s Radio show, ‘Top of Mind’ with Julie Rose.
A new study from UT has identified certain chemical receptors in cells that could deceive the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa and improve patient response to drugs.