Microbes are less known players in live-threatening situations and disaster scenarios, but can be key in mitigation and reduction of environmental and health issues. Microbiological research uncovers the systems involved in disease and epidemics, and results in control initiatives and vaccine development. Other microbial disciplines aim to exploit microbe environmental traits for pollutant removal, and prevent and reduce climate change effects.
FEMS Microbes are excited to present their latest thematic issue, focusing on bacterial-viral co-infections. Host and microbial factors are critically important for influencing the severity and outcome of infection. Interactions between microbes is an understudied yet important aspect to this process.