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  • Consensus Statement
    | Open Access

    The microbial majority with which we share Earth often goes unnoticed despite underlying major biogeochemical cycles and food webs, thereby taking a key role in climate change. This Consensus Statement highlights the importance of climate change microbiology and issues a call to action for all microbiologists.

    • Ricardo Cavicchioli
    • , William J. Ripple
    • , Kenneth N. Timmis
    • , Farooq Azam
    • , Lars R. Bakken
    • , Matthew Baylis
    • , Michael J. Behrenfeld
    • , Antje Boetius
    • , Philip W. Boyd
    • , Aimée T. Classen
    • , Thomas W. Crowther
    • , Roberto Danovaro
    • , Christine M. Foreman
    • , Jef Huisman
    • , David A. Hutchins
    • , Janet K. Jansson
    • , David M. Karl
    • , Britt Koskella
    • , David B. Mark Welch
    • , Jennifer B. H. Martiny
    • , Mary Ann Moran
    • , Victoria J. Orphan
    • , David S. Reay
    • , Justin V. Remais
    • , Virginia I. Rich
    • , Brajesh K. Singh
    • , Lisa Y. Stein
    • , Frank J. Stewart
    • , Matthew B. Sullivan
    • , Madeleine J. H. van Oppen
    • , Scott C. Weaver
    • , Eric A. Webb
    •  & Nicole S. Webster
  • Consensus Statement
    | Open Access

    Antibiotic persistence contributes to the survival of bacteria during antibiotic treatment. In this Consensus Statement, scientists working on the response of bacteria to antibiotics define antibiotic persistence and provide practical guidance on how to study bacterial persisters.

    • Nathalie Q. Balaban
    • , Sophie Helaine
    • , Kim Lewis
    • , Martin Ackermann
    • , Bree Aldridge
    • , Dan I. Andersson
    • , Mark P. Brynildsen
    • , Dirk Bumann
    • , Andrew Camilli
    • , James J. Collins
    • , Christoph Dehio
    • , Sarah Fortune
    • , Jean-Marc Ghigo
    • , Wolf-Dietrich Hardt
    • , Alexander Harms
    • , Matthias Heinemann
    • , Deborah T. Hung
    • , Urs Jenal
    • , Bruce R. Levin
    • , Jan Michiels
    • , Gisela Storz
    • , Man-Wah Tan
    • , Tanel Tenson
    • , Laurence Van Melderen
    •  & Annelies Zinkernagel
  • Consensus Statement
    | Open Access

    This Consensus Statement presents the barriers that currently prevent the timely development and implementation of novel and rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing platforms, including the costs involved, uptake of new tools, legal and regulatory aspects, difficulties conducting clinical trials and quality control, and presents possible solutions.

    • Alex van Belkum
    • , Till T. Bachmann
    • , Gerd Lüdke
    • , Jan Gorm Lisby
    • , Gunnar Kahlmeter
    • , Allan Mohess
    • , Karsten Becker
    • , John P. Hays
    • , Neil Woodford
    • , Konstantinos Mitsakakis
    • , Jacob Moran-Gilad
    • , Jordi Vila
    • , Harald Peter
    • , John H. Rex
    •  & Wm. Michael Dunne Jr
  • Consensus Statement
    | Open Access

    Although viral sequences are important in taxonomy, classification has typically also required biological properties, thus excluding viruses that were identified by metagenomics. The proposals in this Consensus Statement, which are supported by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), enable viruses that are discovered by sequence alone to be incorporated into virus classification.

    • Peter Simmonds
    • , Mike J. Adams
    • , Mária Benkő
    • , Mya Breitbart
    • , J. Rodney Brister
    • , Eric B. Carstens
    • , Andrew J. Davison
    • , Eric Delwart
    • , Alexander E. Gorbalenya
    • , Balázs Harrach
    • , Roger Hull
    • , Andrew M.Q. King
    • , Eugene V. Koonin
    • , Mart Krupovic
    • , Jens H. Kuhn
    • , Elliot J. Lefkowitz
    • , Max L. Nibert
    • , Richard Orton
    • , Marilyn J. Roossinck
    • , Sead Sabanadzovic
    • , Matthew B. Sullivan
    • , Curtis A. Suttle
    • , Robert B. Tesh
    • , René A. van der Vlugt
    • , Arvind Varsani
    •  & F. Murilo Zerbini