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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Biological Sciences
With the 21st Century dawns what many have called the "biological century," in which advances in biology—spurred by achievements in genomic research, including the sequencing of the human genome—will bring revolutionary and unconventional solutions to some of mankindís most pressing and expensive challenges in health, energy, the environment, and national security.

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Bacteria tracked feeding nitrogen to nutrient-starved plants

Bacteria tracked feeding nitrogen to nutrient-starved plants

An international team of researchers, including three from Brookhaven National Laboratory, tracked nitrogen as soil bacteria pulled it from the air and released it as plant-friendly ammonium. This eco-friendly process -- called biological nitrogen fixation -- substantially promoted growth in certain grass crops.

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Major new research project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change

Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics will couple field research with the development of a new ecosystem model that represents how tropical forests interact with Earth's climate in much greater ecological detail than ever before.

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Major new research project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change

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16-Apr-2015
Study finds that maize roots have evolved to be more nitrogen efficient
Penn State

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