Virtual Special Issue on Microbes in a Changing Climate


Climate change is having a major impact around the world and there is thus considerable interest in understanding the roles and responses of microbes in these rapidly changing environments. This virtual special issue highlights recent articles in FEMS Microbiology Ecology that explore microbes in a changing climate.

These articles take us to different biomes across the world, with studies charactering microbial responses, metabolic adaptations of microbial communities and their impacts on biogeochemical cycles, and the effect on symbioses and the interactions of complex microbial assemblages.

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Associated with this Virtual Issue is our webinar on Microbial Ecology in a Changing Climate on Thursday, 22 September 2022 at 9:00 AM EDT / 3:00 PM CEST / 11:00 PM AEST.

The interplay of microbial communities and the changing climate is a complex issue. This webinar explores the results from 3 recent papers that discover the effects of climate change on microbial ecosystems and features:

Chair: Max Häggblom, Editor-in-Chief of FEMS Microbiology Ecology

Speaker 1: Ari Jumpponen, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA – Soil microbiome responses to changing fire regimes and fire severities – author of: Watershed and fire severity are stronger determinants of soil chemistry and microbiomes than within-watershed woody encroachment in a tallgrass prairie system, Mino et al. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 97, Issue 12, December 2021

Speaker 2: Laura Zucconi, Department of Ecological and Biological Sciences, University of Tuscia, Largo dell’Università, Viterbo, Italy – Responses of high altitude soil microbiomes to climate change – author of: Composition and functioning of the soil microbiome in the highest altitudes of the Italian Alps and potential effects of climate change, D’Alò et al. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 98, Issue 3, March 2022

Speaker 3: Elliot Scanes, Climate Change Cluster, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia – Microbiome responses of Sydney rock oysters to ocean warming and acidification – author of: Microbiome response differs among selected lines of Sydney rock oysters to ocean warming and acidification, Scanes et al. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 97, Issue 8, August 2021

Learn more and register for the event here.

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