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Data Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector

ELIXIR-FR and Bayer are hosting ELIXIR SME meeting on Data Driven Innovation in the Agritech Sector at Lyon, France.

How to transform data into information and knowledge and be able to align them to improving plant health, protect the environment, end hunger in a reasonable agriculture development will be the guiding theme of the conference.
This event is the perfect opportunity to reduce barriers between small and big companies, public and private sectors with a major objective of promoting and supporting open innovation.

A time for flash talks to SME is available.

The event information is at https://elixir-europe.org/events/sme-2020-lyon.

The registration is open-free but compulsory.

Contact for information: Victoria Dominguez Del Angel (Elixir-Fr)
Email: victoria.dominguez@france-bioinformatique.fr

Review paper from MIRRI-IT partners published

A new review paper from MIRRI-IT partners is out!

We are pleased to inform you that the Open Access review paper
Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity: The Perspective of the Italian Network of Culture Collections
by MIRRI-IT partners has been published by the Microorganisms\ journal as part of the Special Issue “Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity of Agri-Food and Environmental Interest”.

See the full paper Open Access.

Reference

De Vero L, Boniotti MB, Budroni M, Buzzini P, Cassanelli S, Comunian R, Gullo M, Logrieco AF, Mannazzu I, Musumeci R, Perugini I, Perrone G, Pulvirenti A, Romano P, Turchetti B, Varese GC. Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity: The Perspective of the Italian Network of Culture Collections. Microorganisms. 2019; 7(12):685.
doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms7120685

Corresponding author

Dr Luciana De Vero, Unimore Microbial Culture Collection, Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Abstract

Microorganisms represent most of the biodiversity of living organisms in every ecological habitat. They have profound effects on the functioning of any ecosystem, and therefore on the health of our planet and of human beings.
Moreover, microorganisms are the main protagonists in food, medical and biotech industries, and have several environmental applications.
Accordingly, the characterization and preservation of microbial biodiversity are essential not only for the maintenance of natural ecosystems but also for research purposes and biotechnological exploitation.
In this context, culture collections (CCs) and microbial biological resource centres (mBRCs) are crucial for the safeguarding and circulation of biological resources, as well as for the progress of life sciences.
This review deals with the expertise and services of CCs, in particular concerning preservation and characterization of microbial resources, by pointing to the advanced approaches applied to investigate a huge reservoir of microorganisms.
Data sharing and web services as well as the tight interconnection between CCs and the biotechnological industry are highlighted.
In addition, guidelines and regulations related to quality management systems (QMSs), biosafety and biosecurity issues are discussed according to the perspectives of CCs and mBRCs.

ENEA, University of Pavia and University of Cagliari are new Associated members

In its last virtual meetings the Scientific Committee of MIRRI-IT has given its positive support to the requests for becoming associated members of three Italian institutions.
The General Assembly of MIRRI-IT has now officially approved their requests.

The Joint Research Unit is therefore welcoming the following Institutions as new Associated members:

Further information on the activities of new members will be added in the web site soon.

Taking into account the five funding partners and the 13 Institutions that joined MIRRI-IT previously, our Joint Research Unit has now reached the huge number of 21 partners!

All Italian Institutions willing to become associated members of MIRRI-IT will find detailed information on the relative procedure in this web site. See the section Documents, under the Organization menu item, for the General Laws of the Joint Research Unit.

Requests must be submitted by email to the Coordinator of MIRRI-IT at coordinatore@mirri-it.it.

EMMRI – Call for applications


The “Executive Masters in Management of Research Infrastructures” (EMMRI) is an International management development Programme jointly developed by European Research Infrastructures in the context of the RItrain EU funded project and tailored to the specific needs of Research Infrastructures.
It is designed to give experienced science professionals the skills and knowledge they need to take on greater managerial responsibilities.

Please refer to the following document for an overview: EMMRI III Master programme at a glance.

For further information:

MIRRI-IT Scientist visiting MIRRI-ES HeadQuarters

UMCC Curator Luciana De Vero is hosted at the Colección Española de Cultivos Tipo (CECT) for 1 week.

Her visit is allowed in the context of the Erasmus+ staff mobility for training. The training targets mainly the improvement of the quality management system of Unimore Microbial Culture Collection (UMCC), which will promote the relations with other BRCs and Microbial Culture Collections across Europe.

More opportunities are sought in the near future in the context of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI.

3 years PhD position at UMCC

The Unimore Microbial Culture Collection is seeking a candidate for a 3 years PhD program research.


TARGETED TOOLS TO EXPLOIT MICROORGANISMS OF THE UNIMORE MICROBIAL CULTURE COLLECTION (UMCC)
Efficient preservation and availability of polyphasic data of microorganisms in culture collections is mandatory both for academic and industrial purposes. This PhD project aims at developing targeted procedures to map strains features of industrial interest. The candidate should have microbiology and bioinformatics skills, ability in using MS Access or PostgreSQL or MySQL for the implementation of biological Databases and good English language knowledge.

1 (one) position with grant. The monthly grant allowance is about 1,250.00 €.

Scientific tutor: Prof. Andrea Pulvirenti. Co-tutor: Dr. Luciana De Vero

The selected candidate will be involved in the following tasks:

  • Management of microbial cultures and online databases;
  • Polyphasic characterization of microbial cultures;
  • Certification for culture collections and implementation of the correspondent quality management system;
  • Monitoring of international legislation pertinent to BRCs.

Applicants should provide a motivation letter, CV and any other document considered relevant to until June 30, 2019.

Write to:
Luciana De Vero: luciana.devero@unimore.it and Andrea Pulvirenti: andrea.pulvirenti@unimore.it

Detailed info for the application here:
https://www.unimore.it/AZdoc/CallPhDEnglishXXXVINTERNET.pdf; https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/411127.

Corso ECM Protocollo di Nagoya

Presso la sede di Legnaro (Padova) dell’Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe), ente associato a MIRRI-IT, si terrà il prossimo Mercoledì 29 maggio 2019 un corso accreditato ECM su “Scambio di risorse genetiche. Protocollo di Nagoya e la normativa europea”.

I principi del Protocollo di Nagoya, ripresi da due Regolamenti Europei (n. 511/2014 e n. 1866/2015), con diretta applicazione in Europa e in Italia, dettano nuove regole e obblighi per gli utilizzatori di risorse genetiche e conoscenze tradizionali associate garantendo una giusta ed equa ripartizione dei benefici derivanti dal loro utilizzo.

L’evento si propone di fornire informazioni sui contenuti e principi del Protocollo di Nagoya e dei Regolamenti Europei con presentazione di casi studio ed è quindi di forte interesse per tutte le collezioni.

Per maggiori informazioni e per la registrazione fate riferimento al sito https://www.izsvenezie.it/corso-ecm-scambio-risorse-genetiche-protocollo-nagoya-normativa-europea .

CFP: Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity

Call for a Special Issue on

Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity of Agri-Food and Environmental Interest

to be published in the journal

Microorganisms
(ISSN 2076-2607, tracked for IF).

Prepare an original research or review paper to this exciting project.

  • Send a short abstract or tentative title to the Editorial Office at microorganisms@mdpi.com by March 20, 2019.
  • Submit your manuscript as soon as it is ready, until the deadline of 30 September 2019.

Microorganisms is a newly SCIE indexed journal, and will receive its first ISI Impact Factor in June 2019. An estimated IF is around 3 (or higher). High Visibility is provided by citations available in PubMed and SCIE (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms/indexing).

Microorganisms is an open-access journal. A nominal article processing charge of 1000 CHF, covering unlimited length and number of figures, colours included, will be required.

For more information, see: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms/special_issues/biodiversity_agri-food_environment.
Authors’ instructions at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/microorganisms/instructions.
Contact email: imannazzu@uniss.it.

Guest Editors
Ilaria Mannazzu, Marilena Budroni, Giacomo Zara and Severino Zara
Università degli Studi di Sassari, Italy

Welcome to eight further associated members

The Joint Research Unit is growing fast!

In its last meeting in Reggio Emilia, by the site of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, on February 21, 2019, the General Assembly of MIRRI-IT has approved the requests for becoming associated members of eight Italian institutions.

The Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT is welcoming the following bodies as Associated members:

  • Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale dell’Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (DBA-UNIROMA1),
  • Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Sciences, University of Palermo (SAAF-UNIPA),
  • Università di Genova (UNIGE),
  • Università di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB),
  • Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive “Lazzaro Spallanzani” (INMI),
  • Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna “Bruno Ubertini” (IZSLER),
  • Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVE),
  • Agenzia Regionale per la Ricerca in Agricoltura – AGRIS Sardegna (AGRIS).

Further information on the activities of new members will be added in the web site soon.

All Italian Institutions willing to become associated members of MIRRI-IT will find all information on the relative procedure in this web site. See the section Documents, under the Organization menu item, for the General Laws of the Joint Research Unit.

New Associated members

In its last meeting, held in Rome on December 14, 2018, the General Assembly of MIRRI-IT has approved the requests for becoming associated members of five Italian institutions.

The Joint Research Unit is therefore welcoming the following Institutions as new Associated members:

Further information on the activities of new members will be added in the web site soon.

All Italian Institutions willing to become associated members of MIRRI-IT will find all information on the relative procedure in this web site. See the section Documents, under the Organization menu item, for the General Laws of the Joint Research Unit.

The next deadline for the submission of requests has been fixed on February 10, 2019. Requests must be submitted by email to the coordinator of MIRRI-IT at coordinatore@mirri-it.it.

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