USACE Engineer Research and Development Center's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
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Mission Statement
    To enhance battlespace awareness and force protection, and sustain training through microbial forensics and use of new plant materials.

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Land Management

  • Improved land maintenance and repair techniques, including erosion prevention and habitat protection in seasonally frozen and thawed soils.
  • Revegetation of metal-contaminated soils, such as in military small- arms ranges.
  • Selective breeding and seed increase programs for resilient impact- resistant, cold tolerant plants on military training lands.
  • Ecological-bridge seed mixtures for rapid establishment of native plants.
  • Plant genetics.

Remediation in Disturbed Natural Systems

  • Rhizosphere-enhancement of natural bio-remediation processes (phytoremediation).
  • Natural attenuation of explosives via humification.
  • Low-temperature performance of CB-agent decontamination solutions.
  • Biochemical inputs for predicting dissolved oxygen levels in ice-covered rivers and frazil ice.

Persistance and Fate of Native and Non-Indigenous Organisms

  • Pathogen persistance in frozen and thawed soils.
  • Chemical and biological agent fate and persistance in dynamic soil conditions.
  • Microbial activity in soils during low temperatures and freeze–thaw cycles.

Novel Detectors and Monitoring Strategies

  • Novel techniques to monitor biochemical processes in soils.
  • Interferences of bio-inspired sensors in realistic environments.
  • Unique signatures for stand-off.

BPEM Challenges

    BPEM successfully integrates microbiology, agronomy, and geochemistry by asking critical research questions including:
  • Do plants, microbes and earth materials interact in the environment?
  • Can these interactions be optimized to sustain Army readiness?
  • Can these interactions be harnessed for warfighter support?
    This is accomplished through:
  • Dissemination of resultant knowledge to the scientific community.
  • Transfer technology to end users.

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603-646-4230 (choose "3")

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Page last updated 5/5/14.

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Chief, Biogeochemical Sciences Branch
Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
72 Lyme Road
Hanover, NH   03755-1290

Phone: 603-646-4230 (choose "3")
E-Mail: CRREL-BPEM@usace.army.mil

 

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