Network and activities

We are made up of an active and diverse network of around 30,000 professionals who are committed to advancing microbiology for the benefit of society in the areas of health, energy, food, materials, and the environment.  Set up in 1974, today we are a growing coalition of 54 Member Societies from 38 countries. Around half of those in our network are early career researchers, and others are business partners, scientists or campaigners.

We nurture this network with a variety of knowledge development and network-building activities:

  • We publish five highly regarded journals – Articles from our journals are downloaded over 3.5 million times annually (2018). Together, they provide the revenues that support our charitable activities, enabling us to continue investing in science.  We thank and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of every contributor to this process: the Editorial boards, Editors, Authors, Reviewers and our publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP) who together make this possible. Our Journals also award prizes to the best research they encounter at scientific meetings and in their publications.
  • We hold a biennial scientific congress and other events – Our congress is hosted in different European locations and hosts some of the biggest names in microbiology, attracting around 2,000 participants; we also run two Summer Schools, and a smaller regional microbiology conference.
  • We provide research, travel, and meeting organizer grants – We give out more than 250 grants worth over EUR 250,000 every year to members of our Member Societies.
  • We recognize excellence by giving out awards – Our first awards program was set up in 1999. We now have 5 awards programs running, including the Måkåla-Cassell Award with the American Society of Microbiology (ASM).
  • We promote education and continuing professional development (CPD) – our Education Network runs sessions at our Congress, helps to organize a Summer School on Microbiology Education, and inspired the Professional Development section in FEMS Microbiology Letters.
  • We initiated and fund the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) – A leadership group of around 150 eminent microbiology experts.
  • Our international ambassadors in China, Japan, South Korea and USA help us promote our mission, vision, and activities of spreading microbiology knowledge, and connecting microbiologists and microbiological societies for benefit of humankind.
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Microbiomes inhabiting rice roots and rhizosphere

Land plants directly contact soil through their roots. An enormous diversity of microbes dwelling in root-associated zones, including endosphere (inside root), rhizoplane (root surface) and rhizosphere (soil surrounding the root surface), play essential roles in ecosystem functioning and plant health. Rice is a staple food that feeds over 50% of the global population. This mini-review summarizes the current understanding of microbial diversity of rice root-associated compartments to some extent, especially the rhizosphere, and makes a comparison of rhizosphere microbial community structures between rice and other crops/plants. Moreover, this paper describes the interactions between root-related microbiomes and rice plants, and further discusses the key factors shaping the rice root-related microbiomes.

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