Wetlands, Microbes, and the Carbon Cycle

Susannah Tringe, who leads the Metagenome Program at the Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a collaboration in which Berkeley Lab plays a leading role, goes behind the scenes to show how DNA from unknown wild microbes is extracted and analyzed to see what role they play in the carbon cycle. Tringe collects samples of microbial communities living in the wetlands of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, organisms that can determine how these wetlands store or release carbon.