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Image 1 - Petroleum-eating Mushrooms
2011-12-01 04:49:52

B. Franz Lang and Mohamed Hijri break new ground in environmental genomics Take a Petri dish containing crude petroleum and it will release a strong odor distinctive of the toxins that make up the fossil fuel. Sprinkle mushroom spores over the Petri dish and let it sit for two weeks in an incubator, and surprise, the petroleum and its smell will disappear. "The mushrooms consumed the petroleum!" says Mohamed Hijri, a professor of biological sciences and researcher at the University of...

Image 1 - Researchers Create First Of Its Kind Gene Map Of Sulfate-reducing Bacterium
2011-11-10 04:24:43

Work Holds Implications for Future Bioremediation Efforts Critical genetic secrets of a bacterium that holds potential for removing toxic and radioactive waste from the environment have been revealed in a study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)´s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The researchers have provided the first ever map of the genes that determine how these bacteria interact with their surrounding environment. “Knowing how...

2011-10-05 19:30:00

Advanced Toolsâ New Blog Hosted by Aaron Peacock, PhD, Features Cutting-Edge Information and Commentary on New Groundwater Remediation Technologies and Tools Newtown, CT (PRWEB) October 05, 2011 Advanced Tools (http://www.advancedtools.us), the comprehensive website that tracks and analyzes new analytical and field-based tools for In-Situ Green Remediation, announced the launch of the Advanced Tools Blog. The blog will be a daily source of cutting-edge information and...

2011-08-25 12:16:55

The role of national governments in ecological or environmental conservation remains contentious the world over. While scientists and campaigners alike often demand that governments regulate and encourage restoration projects; financial priorities and conflicts with land owners or corporations makes such interventions politically difficult. However, as Restoration Ecology reports, Brazil is one of a handful of developing nations, alongside South Africa, Namibia, India, Costa Rica and...

2011-08-12 12:02:33

Thousands of tonnes of toxic mercury are released into the environment every year. Much of this collects in sediment where it is converted into toxic methyl mercury, and enters the food chain ending up in the fish we eat. New research, published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Biotechnology, showcases genetically engineered bacteria which are not only able to withstand high levels of mercury but are also able to mop up mercury from their surroundings. These mercury-resistant...

2011-06-28 11:47:00

University of Oregon's Ecosystem Workforce Program developed the tools to predict and monitor the economic effects of restoration work EUGENE, Ore., June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new set of resources from the University of Oregon are intended to help forest and watershed restoration leaders predict and monitor the local economic impacts of ecological restoration in the state. The Ecosystem Workforce Program at the UO developed the "Economic Impacts of Restoration Calculator...

2011-04-20 13:05:30

Britain's soil bacteria have been mapped for the first time in the most comprehensive study of a country's soil biodiversity to date. The results are published today (20 April 2011) in the journal Environmental Microbiology. To complete the map the scientific team, from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Newcastle University and the University of Oxford, analysed over 1000 soil cores from England, Scotland and Wales, examining microbial DNA sequences in the laboratory to map...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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