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FEMS Microbiology Letters focuses largely on concise articles in all topics in microbiology, particularly those meriting urgent publication by virtue of their originality, general interest and their contribution to new developments in their field. 


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Meet our new editor

Learn more about Dr. Rich Boden, the new Chief Editor of FEMS Microbiology Letters.

Free Editorial: A Time of Great Change

It is a time of great change and excitement within FEMS as a whole and within FEMS Microbiology Letters itself. Read Dr. Rich Boden’s 2015 Editorial online now. 

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Developing microbiological learning materials for schools: best practice
Following evaluation of a new microbiological educational resource, this paper describes an example of best practice in developing microbiological learning resources.
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Overexpression of acetyl-CoA synthetase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae increases acetic acid tolerance 
An approach to overcoming one of the fermentation-related problems that impedes use of plant biomass for generating renewable ethanol is described.
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Cheese rind microbial communities: diversity, composition and origin 
We review the microbial genera detected on the cheese surface and highlight the previously unsuspected importance of non-inoculated microflora - raising the question of the latter's environmental sources and their role in shaping microbial communities.
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New scope and sections

2015 brings many exciting changes to FEMS Microbiology Letters, with new sections and an extended scope now including Virology and Professional Development. 

Virology expands the remit of FEMS Microbiology Letters from microbes in the Bacteria,Archaea and Eukarya to include viruses. All areas of virology are welcome providing they fit the scope and aims of the journal – from medical virology to bacteriophages, genetics to metagenomics as well as in any host organism, which includes other microbes.

Professional Development
The Section Professional Development serves to provide the microbiology community with timely articles of interest to microbiologists at various stages of their career. Topics include education and training standards, best practice in publishing and data handling, plus matters impacting microbiologists such as safety standards, funding opportunities and research metrics. The Section also features relevant articles regarding the history and sociology of microbiology.

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Virtual Issues

Systems and Synthetic Biology

Synthetic biology, the development of cells or their components that do not occur naturally to solve specific problems, depends heavily on the application of genomic and systems biology data to solve specific problems for Society. 

To mark the 14th International Conference on Pseudomonas, FEMS has published a Virtual Thematic Issue across four FEMS journals.

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Explore the newly launched FEMS journals portal, the online gateway to assist the microbiology community in their education and development.

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