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  • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • F. Murilo Zerbini
    Consensus Statement Open Access