Microbiology in Action II

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with eight of our Member Societies. Between us, FEMS and these Societies are responsible for the publication of twenty peer-reviewed academic journals, giving microbiologists in a wide range of research fields the opportunity to share their latest findings and views.

This second instalment of the “Microbiology in Action” virtual issue features recent articles on the role that microorganisms play in the environment, industry and our daily lives. Enjoy the collection and scroll down to find out more about the participating Societies.

British Mycological Society 

The British Mycological Society is open to all who are interested in promoting and learning about the exciting world of fungi. It has member sections devoted to particular aspects of the fungal world, including cutting- edge research into many aspects of fungal science, the conservation and recording of fungal fruitbodies and the provision of educational resources for all ages and experience.

British Phycological Society

The British Phycological Society is devoted to the study of algae. Founded in 1952, it was one of the first phycological societies to be established in the world, and is today the largest in Europe.

Croatian Microbiological Society 

The Croatian Microbiological Society was founded in 1958 to gather experts in microbiology and related fields. It exists to promote the advancement of research and teaching in all branches of microbiology and immunology as well as to encourage the exchange of information.

Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology

The Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology is one of the oldest organizations of its kind, established in 1928. Its mission is to enable microbiologists to exchange information and experiences.

Federation of European Microbiological Societiesfems-logo-custom

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies – promotes excellence and diversity in science to help solve societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, and by building a growing, collaborative network.

German Society for Hygiene and MicrobiologyDE-DGHMLogoWeb_990111

The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology is one of the oldest specialized societies in the areas of recognition, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. The affiliated International Journal of Medical Microbiology publishes research articles and reviews dealing with molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity and evolution of pathogens.

International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society

The International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society was formally established in 1969 as an international, multidisciplinary organisation concerned with the biodeterioration of commercially important materials. We aim to promote the science and technology of not only biodeterioration but also biodegradation and bioremediation.

Society for Applied Microbiology

The Society for Applied Microbiology is the oldest microbiology society in the UK, serving microbiologists around the world. As the voice of applied microbiology, SfAM works to advance, for the benefit of the public, the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture, and industry.

Spanish Society for Microbiology

The Spanish Society for Microbiology was founded in 1946 and promotes basic and applied microbiology to encourage international relations and to bring together the many professionals who work in all its various fields. It is an interdisciplinary society with some 1,700 members.


  • European Journal of Phycology
  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • FEMS Microbiology Letters
  • Folia Microbiologica
  • Food Technology and Biotechmology
  • Fungal Biology
  • Fungal Biology Reviews
  • International Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
  • International Microbiology



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A protocol for multiple genetic modifications in S. cerevisiae using CRISPR/Cas9

Two methods are described for efficient genetic modification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae using CRISPR/Cas9. The first method enables the modification of a single genetic locus using in vivo assembly of a guide RNA (gRNA) expression plasmid without the need for prior cloning. A second method using in vitro assembled plasmids that could contain up to two gRNAs was used to simultaneously introduce up to six genetic modifications (e.g. six gene deletions) in a single transformation step by transforming up to three gRNA expression plasmids simultaneously. The method is not only suitable for gene deletion but is also applicable for in vivo site-directed mutagenesis and integration of multiple DNA fragments in a single locus.

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