The soil microbiome – the community of soil micro-organisms found in soil – is crucial for food security and the health of our soils. Microbiologists are investigating better understanding of the diversity and function of the soil microbiome, and harnessing it as a tool for sustainable agricultural intensification.
Micro-organisms play crucial roles in climate change as users and producers of greenhouse gases. Climate change is increasing risks to public health and agriculture from microbial diseases. Managing and harnessing microbial processes could help us mitigate and adapt to climate change.
The Microbiology Society, together with leading biomedical research organisations, learned societies, industry representatives, universities and patient groups, has signed a pan-European statement supporting the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
The Microbiology Society wrote to the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, to raise evidence-based concerns about the decision not to permit growing genetically modified crops in Scotland.
The Microbiology Society joined 23 other prominent UK professional and learned societies in endorsing a joint communiqué on climate change published in the run up to United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21.
Emerging zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between vertebrate animals and humans, which have been newly identified, or are increasing in incidence or geographic range. Examples include Ebola, avian influenza and West Nile virus. They pose threats to global public health and economic security.
The Society supports the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research. However, when no alternative is available, the use of animals within an approved regulatory framework remains essential. The Society is committed to openness in the reporting of this research.
The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR), which comprises the Microbiology Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Biochemical Society, Society for Applied Microbiology, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Royal Society of Biology, published a statement in response to the approval of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan on AMR.
The Society supports sustainable open access models which maintain the scholarly publishing environment that is fundamental to how microbiologists improve, validate and share their research.
Food waste in the UK is a valuable, sustainable energy source, once anaerobic digestion has broken it down into biogas.