Crystal ball


The physiological challenge

Heribert Cypionka, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg

Will we ever harness microbes to supply energy and essential elements?

Paul Falkowski, Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program, Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, and Department of Geological Sciences, Rutgers University

Where are all the species?

Tom Fenchel, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen

Between a rock and a hard place: geomicrobial electron transfer

Jim K. Fredrickson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

The shape of microbial diversity

Steve Giovannoni, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University

The roots of the ‘species’ concept must be quantified

J. Gijs Kuenen, Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology

The second coming of physics into (micro)biology

Víctor de Lorenzo, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología CSIC, Campus de Cantoblanco, Madrid

In silico biology meets in situ phenomenology

Derek R. Lovley, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Getting a better picture of evolution

William Martin, University of Düsseldorf

With oceans of new data, to sink or to swim?

Karin A. Remington, The J. Craig Venter Institute

The viriosphere: the greatest biological diversity on Earth and driver of global processes

Curtis Suttle, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Microbiology & Immunology, and Botany, University of British Columbia

Systems biology: in the broadest sense of the word

David W. Ussery, Ulrik de Lichtenberg, Center for Biological Sequence Analysis, Technical University of Denmark

Lars Juhl Jensen, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg

The community level: physiology and interactions of prokaryotes in the wilderness

Michael Wagner, Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna