Except when grown in axenic cultures, microorganisms are never alone. Instead, they thrive in very promiscuous niches where microbial interactions are prevalent. Covering topics as diverse as as the gut microbiome, quorum sensing and cell-cell signalling, bacterial-fungal interactions, predation and syntrophy, this collections explores the importance and versatility of microbial communication.
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.