Microbes orchestrate life on Earth

Author(s)

Kowalchuk, George A.; Jones, Susan E.; Blackall, Linda L.

Abstract

In the past decade, global climate change has come to the forefront of the political and social agenda owing to the growing realization that the Earth's resources are being used in an unsustainable fashion. There is an urgent need for changes in policy and human behaviour to tackle this problem, as well as a global initiative to develop a better understanding of global change processes and potential remedies for the future. Microbial ecology lies at the heart of any discussion on sustainability. Indeed, from the natural environment to engineered systems, we rely on microorganisms to keep the globe turning and to sustainably maintain it, through the essential involvement of microorganisms in all biogeochemical and elemental cycles of the planet.

Publication year

2008

Publication type

Journal article

Source

ISME Journal, Vol. 2, no. 8 (Aug 2008), pp. 795-796

ISSN

1751-7362

Publisher

Nature Publishing Group

Copyright

Copyright © 2008 International Society for Microbial Ecology.

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