The use of microorganism for the benefit of mankind dated back to the Neolithic period (around 10 000 years BC). However, the scientific rationale behind their uses first came to attention in 1665 when a Dutch scientist Anton Van Leeuwenhoek identified microorganisms through the intervention of microscope. Today, microorganisms are utilized in almost every field such as agricultural and aquacultural, food and nutrition, medical and pharmaceutical and also in up-scaled industrial applications. Advancement in omics and molecular technology further boost the understanding of the roles, mechanisms and benefits of microorganisms. Although various strains of microbes have been identified as beneficial, however much have yet to be discovered, exploited and understood. Initiatives from various research fields are needed to synergistically unfold the great potentials of these microbes.
The International Conference on Beneficial Microbes (ICOBM 2014) aims to bring together and provide a platform for interaction and exchanging research ideas among experts from various fields of beneficial microorganisms. The conference will be held in Penang, Malaysia from 27 – 29 May 2014 and will be attended by repute scientists (Keynote and Plenary speakers), researchers, academicians, industrial professionals and postgraduate students globally.