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Biochar: An Ancient Soil Solution for Sustainable Modern Agriculture

Sebastian Behrens and a team of researchers recently published a study in Nature Communications, available here, which demonstrated how composting of biochar improves the biochar's fertilizing capabilities.

Landmark genetic interaction map reveals the networks of cellular life

A new study published in the journal Science, involving University of Minnesota researchers Chad Myers, looks at genes as a social network within the body, interacting in groups. The approach may change the way we understanding the genetic roots of disease.

BTI Members Recieve Grand Challenges Research Grants

The University of Minnesota’s Grand Challenges Research Grants were recently announced, and four teams including BTI faculty members were among this year’s recipients awmembers was well represented. They were Co-PI’s and team members on four separate exploratory grants. Read the full announcement

Job Listings

Clinical Microbiologist position at Spero Therapeutics

Posted Nov 2, 2017

Workforce Recruitment Program

Posted Oct 6, 2017

Assistant/Associate/Full Professors in Computational Biology

Posted Oct 3, 2017

Assistant Professor- Microbial Chemical Ecologist

Posted May 17, 2017

Upcoming Events

M is for Microbe

We are asking BTI labs to grow the University of Minnesota "M" in fungi, bacteria, or algae.

Winning lab will get the glory, the bragging rights, and a $300 gift certificate for lunch.

Contest ends December 15, 2017.
Contest rules and more details here.

Funding and
Advanced Study

2018 MnDRIVE Environment Demonstration Grant

MnDRIVE Environment Demonstration Grant applications are now open for new field-scale demonstration projects in the area of microbial systems for bioremediation.

Application information here.
Deadline: December 8, 2017

2017-2018 MnDRIVE: Environment Industrial Partnership Bioremediation Seed Grants

MnDRIVE: Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment invites proposals for FY18 Industrial Partnership Bioremediation Seed Grants.
The goal of the seed grant program is to improve bioremediation strategies and industrial applications through the augmentation or alteration of microorganisms or microbial communities. Faculty research may include basic and applied components, though preference will be given to translational research using microorganisms in environmental cleanup. Only new projects will be considered and seed grant funds may not be used to support existing studies. Applications should emphasize relevance to Minnesota’s industry and environment.

2018 MnDrive Environment Demonstration Grant

Hear BTI Director talk about M3P


BTI Director Michael Sadowsky is leading an effort to document the Mississippi River in a new way.

Mysteries of the Soudan Mine

Unique microorganisms and geological structures exist in the depths of the old Soudan Iron Mine on Minnesota's Vermilion Range. WCCO television recently journeyed there with BTI researchers to explore traces of ancient life. more >>