ISME would like to thank their sponsors: 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit Moore.org or follow @MooreFound for more information. 

Gold Sponsor:

Illumina is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems for large-scale analysis of genetic variation and function. These systems are enabling studies that were not even imaginable just a few years ago, and moving us closer to the realization of personalized medicine. With rapid advances in technology taking place, it is mission-critical to offer solutions that are not only innovative, but flexible and scalable, with industry-leading support and service. We strive to meet this challenge by placing a high value on collaborative interactions, rapid delivery of solutions, and meeting the needs of our customers. 


Keynote Lecture Sponsor:

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

Silver Sponsors:

Published since 1954, this monthly journal contains new research in the field of microbiology, including applied microbiology and biotechnology; microbial structure and function; fungi and other eucaryotic protists; infection and immunity; microbial ecology; physiology, metabolism and enzymology; and virology, genetics, and molecular biology. It also publishes review articles and notes on an occasional basis, contributed by recognized scientists worldwide.


Microbes and Environments is an open-access journal dedicated to providing high accessibility to research articles for the field of microbial ecology. All of the published articles can be read at PubMed Central and J-Stage. In order to facilitate efficient transmission and communication of pioneering research in this field, we have strived to rapidly process your manuscripts and minimize the publication cost (for example, ca. 500-700 USD for 6-8 printed pages). Our journal is managed by academic societies across many fields to purely focus on scientific value. We have supported this field for over three decades and are dedicated to maintaining and increasing the quality of this journal. M&E has an Impact Factor of 2.075 according to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports. For submission, please visit http://www.microbes-and-environments.jp/

Bronze Sponsors:


Novozymes is the world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, we improve industrial performance while preserving the planet’s resources and helping build better lives. As the world’s largest provider of enzyme and microbial technologies, our bioinnovation enables higher agricultural yields, low-temperature washing, energy-efficient production, renewable fuel and many other benefits that we rely on today and in the future. We call it Rethink Tomorrow. 


MO BIO Laboratories, Inc. is a global leader in solutions for nucleic acid purification, offering innovative tools for research in molecular biology.  MO BIO's line of soil and microbial isolation kits are now the method of choice among environmental and microbiology researchers studying microbial DNA and RNA.


Université de Montréal is the top comprehensive university in the French-speaking world. It has also established itself as the 2nd university in Canada in terms of the volume of research activities, with over half a billion dollars' annual research revenue.
Some 67,600 students attend the university and its affiliated schools (Polytechnique Montréal, a specialist engineering school, and HEC Montréal, a business school), representing one in five people studying in Quebec. Its 16 faculties and schools offer 600 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and students are ably managed by an academic staff of over 7,000, including 2,700 professors and researchers. 


is the world’s largest producer and marketer of mineral fertilizers that help growers feed a hungry world population. Our portfolio ranges from single-nutrient fertilizers to complex compounds and micronutrients for all kind of crops.We also offer a wide range of Industrial solutions that stem mostly from upgraded gas and chemicals coming out of our fertilizer production plants. Our products and integrated solutions optimize industrial processes and environmental compliance, helping to reduce emissions, improve air quality and support safe and efficient operations.
Our industrial applications include prevention of odors and toxic gases in wastewater treatment plants and abatement of NOx emissions in trucks, ships and industrial plants. Our innovative solutions and products are safe, consistent and environmentally friendly.
Yara has developed a specific range of environmentally friendly nitrate-based biodegradable chemicals used in well construction and reservoir-treating operations around the world to prevent the formation of H2S.
This solution, marketed under the name PetroCare™, can also have microbial-enhanced oil recovery effects. PetroCare™ has been chosen by some of the oil majors for their fields in the North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of West Africa and in the Russian Far East. Results from these fields show near-elimination of H2S emissions. 



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