The term “systematic microbiology” refers to aspects of the systematics of microorganisms including biotechnologically or ecologically important fungi, to studies on genealogical and phylogenetic relationships, and to comparative physiology and biochemistry relevant to research on microorganisms. The term “applied microbiology” covers aspects of agricultural, food, industrial, and ecological microbiology, e.g. the distribution of microorganisms in natural and man-made environment.
Trends in Microbiology provides a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of microbiology: from cell biology and immunology to genetics and evolution, and ranges across virology, bacteriology, protozoology and mycology. The contents includes a lively mix of commentary, correspondence and review. Reviews are commissioned and peer reviewed and, consequently, make an authoritative basis for teaching and keeping abreast of developments across the field.