Now more than ever our environment is at risk because of increasing population and climate change. Ocean microplastics and nitrogen runoff from fertilizer are wreaking ecologic havoc. JCVI is using DNA sequencing and analysis along with synthetic biology techniques to harness microbes for uses such as plastic degradation and sustainable agriculture. We also continue to monitor, analyze and better understand the microbes inhabiting the global oceans to develop new improved biofuels and monitor the health of this important asset.
Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project
This project utilizes genomics approaches to confirm the identity of the remains purported to be that of Leonardo da Vinci as well as to characterize the microbial population on aging artwork.
Willow as a Potential Bioenergy Crop
Shrub willow, a close relative to weeping willow, is a short-rotation woody crop that can produce large amounts of renewable biomass and is a potential bioenergy crop.