The coming of age of Microbial Ecotoxicology: report on the first two meetings in France

Type Article
Date 2014-12
Language English
Author(s) Ghiglione Jean-Francois1, 2, Martin-Laurent Fabrice3, Stachowski-Haberkorn SabineORCID4, Pesce Stéphane5, Vuilleumier Stephane6
Affiliation(s) 1 : UMR 7621, Laboratoire d’Océanographie Microbienne, Observatoire Océanologique, CNRS, Avenue Fontaulé, 66650, Banyuls/mer, France
2 : UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7621, Laboratoire d’Océanographie Microbienne, Observatoire Océanologique, Sorbonne Universités, 66650, Banyuls/mer, France
3 : UMR 1347 Agroécologie, INRA, 17 rue Sully, 21065, Dijon, France
4 : Laboratoire d’écotoxicologie, rue de l’île d’Yeu, IFREMER, BP 21105, 44311, Nantes cedex 03, France
5 : UR MALY, centre de Lyon-Villeurbanne, Irstea, 5 rue de la Doua-CS 70077, 69626, Villeurbanne cedex, France
6 : UMR 7156 UdS – CNRS Génétique Moléculaire, Génomique, Microbiologie, Université de Strasbourg, 67083, Strasbourg cedex, France
Meeting the 1st meeting on Microbial Ecotoxicology, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France, 20–22 March 2013
Source Environmental Science And Pollution Research (0944-1344) (Springer Heidelberg), 2014-12 , Vol. 21 , N. 24 , P. 14241-14245
DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3390-x
WOS© Times Cited 6
Abstract 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 thus lacked any visibility and remained unorganized until now. Formal organization of scientific activities may be considered a typical “froggies” concern (or ailment). Nevertheless, it is rather surprising that scientific journals and significant international conferences specifically devoted to microbial ecotoxicology have been missing so far, especially considering the plethoric range of journals and congresses devoted to microbial ecology and ecotoxicology. With these considerations in mind, the idea of organizing the French research community of microbial ecologists around concepts of ecotoxicology made its way, with the aim of sharing the necessity to overcome artificial boundaries that prevent progress in this promising field.
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Ghiglione Jean-Francois, Martin-Laurent Fabrice, Stachowski-Haberkorn Sabine, Pesce Stéphane, Vuilleumier Stephane (2014). The coming of age of Microbial Ecotoxicology: report on the first two meetings in France. Environmental Science And Pollution Research, 21(24), 14241-14245. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :