Linking from genomes to ecosystem function:
An annual grassland mesocosm exploration
The ultimate goal of this research is to improve our ability to predict ecosystem response to climate change. Our starting assumption is that plants and microorganisms mediate terrestrial ecosystem response to global climate change. While there are many groups of organisms that are critical to ecosystem function, we will employ the simplifying construct that plants and microbes are the primary mediators.
A collaborative project sponsored by the US Department of Energy, involving researchers from the Departments of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley and the Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Can we enhance our ability to predict ecosystem response to future environmental changes by evaluating the genomic basis of the response of the primary mediators?
Ecosystem response to climate change potentially involves multiple levels of biological organization, ranging from genomes to whole ecosystem.
Our goal is to utilize current genomic, transcriptomic, and bioinformatic concepts and tools in order to identify and evaluate the essential components of the pathway of mediation.