Firestone Lab

Soil Microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley

Firestone Lab

Firestone Lab

Firestone Lab

Soil Microbiology at the University of California, Berkeley





Welcome to the Firestone Lab.

Next time you are outside, we encourage you to look down at the soil beneath your feet. Now, imagine scooping up a small thimble-full of that soil. Did you know that in just that tiny thimble of soil there are 1 billion bacteria and 1 million fungi? Amazing, right? We think so. Our lab studies soil microbial ecology – examining how all those microbes interact with growing plants and with each other, how they break down carbon substrates and cycle nutrients, and how they impact exchange of gases such as CO2, CH4, and N2O between the soil and the atmosphere.

Our recent projects examine topics ranging ranging from: Microbial mediation of soil carbon dynamics; processes in the zone of soil around the plant root, called the rhizospere; using meta-omic approaches to link identity with function (metagenomes to metatranscriptomes to metaproteomes and metabolomes; digging deeper to examine microbial communities in saprolite (proto-soil); and microbial mediation of nitrogen cycling, with a particular focus on the highly reactive nitrous oxide.

Do you love the #microbiome? Want to do #metagenomics and #MachineLearning? We want postdocs to develop, characterize, and #CRISPR edit in vitro human microbiome systems.

More info:

#biojobs #postdocjobs #ScienceTwitter

In our new ‘high-throughput’ SIP-metaG paper, @nuccio, @AKakouridis @rachelhestrin et al. targeted the tiny habitat surrounding AM hyphae. They IDed 13C fixed by the host plant, moved by hyphae and taken up by a complex micro food web of bacteria and AOA.

Finally out!

HT-SIP: a semi-automated stable isotope probing pipeline identifies cross-kingdom interactions in the hyphosphere of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Be sure to check out the cool video!

@Jeffinerca @erinnuccio @Firestone_Lab @acampbellina

PMB graduate student @AlexaMNicolas, a member of the @Firestone_Lab and @UCBTagaLab, shares her new findings on soil viruses—an abundant and ubiquitous member of the microbiome—and their link to carbon emissions in this recent research spotlight.

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