The coming of age of microbial ecotoxicology: report on the first two meetings in France
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Context and objectives
Microorganisms are ubiquitous in soil, air, and water ecosystems, where they are key players of ecosystem services. Microbial ecotoxicology is an emerging interdisciplinary area of research which aims at investigating the impact of human activities on the diversity, abundance, and activity of microorganisms. In return, the results of such investigations hold the promise to provide novel ways of assessing in a sensitive way the impacts of diverse environmental disturbances and subsequent ecosystem responses. Thus and although the term itself is yet rarely encountered in the scientific literature, microbial ecotoxicology already addresses an increasing political and societal demand. In the French scientific landscape, which often mimics the famous (but sometimes indigestible) “mille-feuilles” pastry, microbial ecotoxicologists are scattered across many different research centers belonging to different research organizations and universities. This research field has...
KeywordsMicrobial Community Scientific Conference Chlordecone Interested Researcher French Research
The first meeting was kindly funded by Irstea and by the INRA’s national network of Ecotoxicologists. The second meeting greatly benefited from the support of our respective governmental research organizations (CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, and Irstea) and of the Francophone Association for Microbial Ecology (AFEM). We would also like to thank the academic reception staff of Irstea in Lyon-Villeurbanne and of the Oceanology Observatory of Banyuls, as well as Anne-Laure Achard (Head of Scientific and Technical Information, Irstea Lyon-Villeurbanne) for bibliometric analysis.