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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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Featured Articles

Thinking beside the box: Should we care about the non-coding strand of the 16S rRNA gene?

The 16S rRNA gene (16S rDNA) codes for RNA that plays a fundamental role during translation in the ribosome and is used extensively as a marker gene to establish relationships among bacteria.

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Marine phage genomics: the tip of the iceberg

Marine viruses are the most abundant biological entity in the oceans, the majority of which infect bacteria and are known as bacteriophages.

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Conserved OmpA-like protein in Legionella pneumophila required for efficient intracellular replication

The OmpA-like protein domain has been associated with peptidoglycan-binding proteins, and is often found in virulence factors of bacterial pathogens.

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Latest Thematic Issues


This thematic issue on biobutanol, edited by Michael Sauer, is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first industrial exploitation of Chaim Weizmann's acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation process.

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Over 100 years after the first documented isolation of bacteriophages, this thematic issue illuminates often overlooked areas of the field as well as emerging issues and new discoveries.

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Edited by Beatrix Fahnert, read a Thematic Issue focused on Education in the microbiological sciences.

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Virtual Special Issues

Virtual Special Issue: International Symposium on Microbiology 2016

Read a collection of papers from the five FEMS journals which bring together the key themes of the 16th International Symposium on Microbiology Ecology (ISME).

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Virtual Special Issue: Impact & Influence from FEMS Microbiology Letters

Read a virtual issue of the most impactful articles from FEMS Microbiology Letters published throughout 2015 and 2016.

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Specialist Subject Areas


Read a range of articles with a focus on virology.

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Professional Development

Read a range of articles with a focus on education and professional development.

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Ecology and Environment

Discover the quality and breadth of our ecology and environment content with a collection of highly cited articles from FEMS Microbiology Letters, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, and FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

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Celebrating 40 years: a sneak peek

As part of various activities celebrating FEMS Microbiology Letters' 40th Anniversary, a special collection of commentaries on key articles from the archive is heading your way soon! Read Aharon Oren's original article on microbial weeds in hypersaline habitats, and watch this space for the forthcoming commentary.

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Turning waste into resource: a win-win situation that should not be missed

Read the latest blog from FEMS Microbiology Letters authors Irene Sanchez-Andrea and Jan Weijma.

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Spotlight on Tracey Palmer

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Tracey Palmer, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, discusses her current research, her career, and offers advice to early-career researchers in Microbiology.

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Browse MiniReviews

Do you use MiniReviews in your research, teaching, or elsewhere? Browse our most recently published MiniReviews from FEMS Microbiology Letters.

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Best MiniReview Award 2017

Could your next paper win the FEMS Microbiology Letters €1,000 Best MiniReview Award in 2017? 

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Articles making impact

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