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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.

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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