Using tiny organisms to unlock big environmental mysteries: A new approach for studying microbial genes will provide insight into how ecosystems respond to changes in the environment and climate

Biological processes that influence climate and the environment, such as carbon fixation or nitrogen recycling are parts of these planet-wide processes are actually driven by the tangible actions of organisms at every scale of life, beginning at the smallest: the microorganisms living in the air, soil, and water. And now researchers have made it easier than ever to study these microbial communities by creating an optimized DNA analysis technique.