Microbiome of the upper troposphere: Species composition and prevalence, effects of tropical storms, and atmospheric implications.

AbstractThe composition and prevalence of microorganisms in the middle-to-upper troposphere (8–15 km altitude) and their role in aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions represent important, unresolved questions for biological and atmospheric science. In particular, airborne microorganisms above the oceans remain essentially uncharacterized, as most work to date is restricted to samples taken near the Earth’s surface. Here we report … Continue reading Microbiome of the upper troposphere: Species composition and prevalence, effects of tropical storms, and atmospheric implications.

Fungi-based plastic alternative wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

"In addition to being one of 10 esteemed finalists in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, Ecovative Design — AKA the New York-based startup behind a game-changing bio-material that's “grown” from agricultural waste and mushroom mycelia and can be used for packaging, insulation, and more — has won the sixth annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Last year, top honors went … Continue reading Fungi-based plastic alternative wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge