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10 Years of Frontiers in Microbiology: a Retrospective Look at the Future of the Microbial Sciences

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In July 2010, Frontiers in Microbiology started its journey as a platform for communicating peer-reviewed new knowledge about microorganisms, their interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments and how this knowledge might benefit the quality of life in the future by publishing a grand challenge ...

In July 2010, Frontiers in Microbiology started its journey as a platform for communicating peer-reviewed new knowledge about microorganisms, their interactions with the biotic and abiotic environments and how this knowledge might benefit the quality of life in the future by publishing a grand challenge article entitled “to know better, protect, utilize and celebrate the unseen majority on our planet” with the goal to become the 21st century approach for communicating all this progress to both the specialist and a wider audience of readers in the field. After a humble beginning 10 years ago, the journal has matured into destination platform presenting progress in Original Research and Methods development as well as Reviews, Opinions and Perspectives in presently 17 Specialty Sections, each directed by Chief Editors who lead boards of dedicated Editors and Reviewers selected by their expertise and standing in the peer community.

As we are taking much better account of the unseen majority of life, unravel the biogeochemical processes that microbes facilitate, thereby making planet Earth habitable for all forms of life; as we increasingly identify the rules by which microorganisms interact with co-evolving viruses and macroorganisms in health and disease; and as we find more and better strategies to mitigate the detrimental effects of anthropogenic activities on the abundance, diversity, distribution and activity of microbial communities, Frontiers in Microbiology with its family of Specialty sections will be the 21st century approach to communicate all this progress to both the specialist and a wider audience of readers in the field.

Important Note: This collection of articles presents the personal retrospective and perspective views of the Specialty Chief Editors of Frontiers in Microbiology on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the journal


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