Industrial microbiology

Industrial microbiology is a branch of applied microbiology in which microorganisms are used in industrial processes; for example, in the production of high-value products such as drugs, chemicals, fuels and electricity.

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    In this Viewpoint article, several experts discuss the microbial contributions to climate change and consider the effects of global warming, extreme weather and other consequences of climate change on microbial communities in the ocean and soil, host–microbiota interactions and the global burden of infectious diseases and ecosystem processes, and they explore open questions and research needs.

    • David A. Hutchins
    • , Janet K. Jansson
    • , Justin V. Remais
    • , Virginia I. Rich
    • , Brajesh K. Singh
    •  & Pankaj Trivedi
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    Global change microbiology is a rapidly growing research field on microbial responses to global warming, overuse and pollution and on feedback mechanisms and functions that affect Earth’s element cycles and planetary health. In this Comment, Antje Boetius explores how this field could provide essential knowledge and sustainable solutions to the problems driven by global change.

    • Antje Boetius
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    Biofoundries provide an integrated infrastructure to enable the rapid design, construction, and testing of genetically reprogrammed organisms for biotechnology applications and research. Many biofoundries are being built and a Global Biofoundry Alliance has recently been established to coordinate activities worldwide.

    • Nathan Hillson
    • , Mark Caddick
    • , Yizhi Cai
    • , Jose A. Carrasco
    • , Matthew Wook Chang
    • , Natalie C. Curach
    • , David J. Bell
    • , Rosalind Le Feuvre
    • , Douglas C. Friedman
    • , Xiongfei Fu
    • , Nicholas D. Gold
    • , Markus J. Herrgård
    • , Maciej B. Holowko
    • , James R. Johnson
    • , Richard A. Johnson
    • , Jay D. Keasling
    • , Richard I. Kitney
    • , Akihiko Kondo
    • , Chenli Liu
    • , Vincent J. J. Martin
    • , Filippo Menolascina
    • , Chiaki Ogino
    • , Nicola J. Patron
    • , Marilene Pavan
    • , Chueh Loo Poh
    • , Isak S. Pretorius
    • , Susan J. Rosser
    • , Nigel S. Scrutton
    • , Marko Storch
    • , Hille Tekotte
    • , Evelyn Travnik
    • , Claudia E. Vickers
    • , Wen Shan Yew
    • , Yingjin Yuan
    • , Huimin Zhao
    •  & Paul S. Freemont