The Federation of European Microbiological Societies is governed by a Council of Member Society Representatives (Delegates) and a Board of Directors. The FEMS Team runs its operations from Delft, The Netherlands. The FEMS Council meets annually with participants consisting of Delegates from all Member Societies, alongside officers of the Board of Directors. The Council Meetings and the 44th Annual General Meeting were held in Warsaw, Poland on 8-9 September 2018.
Lactic acid bacteria constitute a diverse group of industrially significant, safe microorganisms that are primarily used as starter cultures and probiotics, and are also being developed as production systems in industrial biotechnology. The aim of this paper is to provide a brief overview of the potential of lactic acid bacteria as biological catalysts for production of different organic compounds for food and non-food sectors based on their diversity, metabolic- and stress tolerance features, as well as the use of genetic/metabolic engineering tools for enhancing their capabilities.