The latest IUSS Alert (Number 161) for November 2018 is now available here
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A surprising wealth of novel giant viruses has been found in a soil ecosystem
Only a fraction of the microbes residing in, on and around soils have been identified through efforts to understand their contributions to global nutrient cycles. Soils are also home to countless viruses that can infect microbes, impacting their ability to regulate these global cycles. Giant virus genomes have been discovered for the first time in a forest soil ecosystem.
BSSS has been informed today of the passing of Dr Peter LeMare on 14th November 2018 (4 days before his 96th birthday).
Peter had been a member of the Society since 1947 making him one of the longest serving mebers.
We would like to extend our sympathies to his family and friends.
Update (22nd November 2018) A message has been received from Peter's family;