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Acknowledgments The guest editors would like to express their gratitude to the Microbial Ecology, Biogeosciences and Soil Sciences Sections of the Ecological Society of America for sponsoring the symposium that inspired this special issue. Additionally, the symposium would not have been possible without travel funding from the United States Department of Energy (DOE 00001781079218). We would specifically like to thank Joseph Graber (DOE) for his encouragement and help with obtaining this travel funding. We would like to thank the eight invited speakers who participated in this symposium and panel discussion and Jessica Gutknecht, (Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ) who moderated the session: Steve Allison, UC-Irvine; Teri Balser, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Brendan Bohannan, University of Oregon; Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Kathryn Docherty, University of Oregon; Audrey Niboyet, Université de Lyon; Kathleen Treseder, UC-Irvine; Matt Wallenstein, Colorado State University. PDF and MP3 files of these talks can be accessed through Nature Precedings by searching the author name within the ESA 2010 archive at http://precedings.nature.com/collections/esa-2010. Finally, we would like to thank Kate Lajtha, Editor-in-Chief of Biogeochemistry for her interest in the publication of this special issue, Brighid Docherty for her artistic expertise on the cover design, and the nineteen external reviewers for their comments and suggestions for the manuscripts presented here.