Lake Bonney, Antarctica; Mono Lake; and Mammoth Hot Springs
Left to right: Lake Bonney Antarctica (Priscu Lab, MSU,) Mono Lake (Sierra Club Web Page,) Mammoth Hot Springs (NPS Photo.)

Microbial Observatories (MO)

"Advances in molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics, and cultivation technologies herald a new age of exploration of the microbial world. The Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP) activities will support research to discover and characterize novel microorganisms, microbial consortia, communities, activities and other novel properties, and to study their roles in diverse environments. The Microbial Observatories activity is a continuation of MO competitions held since 1999. The long-term goal of this activity is to develop a network of sites or "microbial observatories" in different habitats to study and understand microbial diversity over time and across environmental gradients.Projects supported are expected to establish or participate in an established, Internet-accessible knowledge network to disseminate information resulting from these activities . In addition, educational and outreach activities such as formal or informal training in microbial biology, and activities that will broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in microbial research and education are expected." (FromMicrobial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes (MIP))

MO Projects

Collaborative Research:Microbial Diversity and Function in the Permanently Ice-Covered Lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica... MDV

Header picture for the McMurdo Dry Valleys Project
Images of Antarctic continent and workers attempting to free a drill from the ice. (photo by Christine Foreman)

Collaborative Research: Viruses from Yellowstone Thermal Acidic Environments...Yellowstone

Ken Stedman sampling in Yellowstone; TEM of Acidianus; and TEM cryo-reconstruction of STIV
Ken Stedman sampling in Yellowstone, TEM of Acidianus (George Rice), and TEM cryo-reconstruction of STIV (Liang Tang)

The Red Layer Microbial Observatory—a Research Experience for Undergraduates in Yellowstone (This title combines two official grant titles that this project encompasses)

Picture of a microbial mat sample.