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MiBioS Workshop

Microbiodiversity: in Nuoro (Sardinia, Italy) a workshop on the project
“MiBioS – The enhancement of the Microbiodiversity of Sardinia”

A workshop on the project ‘MiBioS – The enhancement of the microbiodiversity of Sardinia’, organized by Laore Sardegna, Agris Sardegna, Sardinia Agriculture Department, and Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, will be held in Nuoro on Friday, May 20, 2022.

The Workshop will be dealing with legislation and initiative undertaken by the Sardinian Government for agricultural biodiversity’s protection and enhancement, with a specific focus on the activities carried out within the MiBioS project for the enhancement of Fruhe / Casu Axedu cheese. The itineraries linked to the “food community” and the web portal dedicated to the biodiversity of Sardinia will be other interesting issues that will be discussed.

The event will take place in presence, but you can also participate by connecting online to the link that will soon be available on the home page of the website https://www.biodiversitasardegna.it/.

You can download the flyer with the program at the link https://www.sardegnaagricoltura.it/.

MIRRI key results

22 activities successfully run in 22 months and new ones to come

MIRRI opens 2022 reporting its key results
and unveils future strategic lines

Braga (Portugal), 04 January 2022

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI) has reported today on the key implementation and operational advances it has achieved over the past two years. These results have been on the basis of MIRRI’s recent distinction with the “Landmark” status on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap 2021, among the leading European research infrastructures in several scientific domains, as well as sustaining MIRRI’s application to obtain the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status, for which a decision is expected very soon.

Read more here or download the News Release.

MIRRI-IS Pairwise alignment movie

A new instruction movie showing how to use the pairwise alignment on the MIRRI-IS website has been made available.
See also the list of available instruction movies.

Exhibition “Extraordinary microorganisms”

Extraordinary Microorganisms


Escovopsis aspergilloides (Credits: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands)

Photo exhibition on the occasion of the International Day on Microorganisms
September 17, 2021 – October 31, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day on Microorganisms (September 17), the exhibition “Extraordinary Microorganisms” (open until October 31) was inaugurated at the Turin Botanical Garden. 44 photos taken at 27 European research centers with sophisticated microscopy techniques are exhibited.

The exhibition was organized by the Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology and by the Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT) of the University of Turin with the collaboration of the European Culture Collections’ Organization (ECCO) and the support of the CRT Foundation.

The photographs are accompanied by a brief description in Italian and English of the role of that microorganism in the environment and in various biotechnological processes. Along the way, insights are offered through a QR-code system.



Aspergillus discoforus (credits Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrechts, Netherlands)

If you want to read more, see the following pages (in Italian):

Symposium on Appreciation and Conservation of Microbial Resources

The following event will be held in Spanish!


MIRRI and IS_MIRRI21 will be presented by Dr. Aurora Zuzuarregui from UVEG-CECT on September 8, 2021, at 15:50 CET, at the Chilean III Symposium on Appreciation and Conservation of Microbial Resources.

The agenda can be found at: https://www.cchrgm.cl/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Programa_III_SIMP_VAL.pdf

Free registration is still open. See here.

We kindly ask you to please share this announce with your colleagues who might be interested in participating.

Webinar “Microorganisms are allies”


Register HERE

The one-hour webinar will be presented by partners and experts from the IS_MIRRI21 project with background in microbiology and biotechnology who will convey the messages based on their field and professional experiences. The event will be a combination of presentations, quizzes and videos with dedicated sessions for the audiences to ask questions and interact with the speaker.
The key objectives of the event are:

  • Present how EU funded projects such as IS_MIRRI21 are supporting the research and innovation ecosystem;
  • Give an overall overview of how culture collections are used to preserve biodiversity and the roles of microbes in the sustainability of the environment;
  • Discuss how microorganisms can be used by each and every citizen to create a sustainable world.

Agenda

11:00  Welcome and introduction to speakers
Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:05  Demo session: Microbiome and Microorganisms for a Sustainable World
Anna Poli (UNITO)
11:20  Let’s play: Quiz on microbial biodiversity and sustainability
Giulia Cheloni (INRAE), Anna Poli (UNITO), Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:30  Who we are and what we do in IS_MIRRI21/MIRRI
Tedora Aibu (SPI)
11:35  Culture collections and their role in microbial biodiversity preservation and exploration
Giulia Cheloni (INRAE)
11:45  Open floor: Q&A
11:55  Closing

Contact us
For any additional information, please contact us at Franciscorocha@spi.pt and tedoraaibu@spi.pt.

MIRRI @ Ecomondo

La prof.ssa Giovanna Cristina Varese, Coordinatrice di MIRRI-IT, ha introdotto MIRRI e il contributo della Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT con la presentazione “I mille volti dei microorganismi per la salute del suolo e lo sviluppo sostenibile: il ruolo della Joint Research Unit MIRRI-IT” nell’ambito del Webinar “Il mondo dei microrganismi del suolo: una risorsa da valorizzare per proteggere e salvaguardare la salute e la qualità dei suoli agricoli, le produzioni agroalimentari e l’ambiente“, organizzato da ENEA il 9 giugno 2021 sulla Piattaforma Digitale di Ecomondo come parte delle Digital Green Weeks.

Il suolo è una risorsa naturale di grande valore che contiene la più grande quantità di biomassa vivente dell’intero pianeta. La complessa rete di interazioni che si instaurano tra la moltitudine di esseri viventi presenti nel suolo contribuisce al mantenimento del suo stato di salute ed è alla base di beni necessari alla nostra sopravvivenza.

Il webinar ha voluto essere un momento di approfondimento e confronto sugli strumenti da mettere in atto per la difesa del suolo e la valorizzazione della biodiversità microbica. Garantire e promuovere la gestione sostenibile del suolo sta diventando sempre di più una priorità strategica e un tema trasversale che collega le aree della sicurezza alimentare, del cambiamento climatico, della biodiversità e della desertificazione.

L’infrastruttura di ricerca MIRRI rappresenta la più grande infrastruttura europea che si occupa di salvaguardare la biodiversità microbica e garantire la conservazione e la distribuzione dei microorganismi per favorire la sostenibilità ambientale, sviluppo biotecnologico e crescita della bioeconomia. Consorzi microbici multifunzionali composti da diverse specie con tratti complementari o sinergici sono i candidati di eccellenza per favorire l’aumento della produttività in presenza di stress biotici e abiotici, e contrastare il degrado del suolo, riducendo l’input di pesticidi e fertilizzanti azotati. La sfida è valorizzare la biodiversità microbica del suolo per aiutare la transizione agroecologica dell’agricoltura verso sistemi che salvaguardano il suolo e forniscono diete sani e sostenibili, in grado di conciliare i bisogni umani con la salute del Pianeta.

La presentazione è accessibile tramite questo link: MIRRI @ Ecomondo (PDF, Italiano).

ECCO XXXIX Virtual Meeting

We are glad to post the announcement of the next ECCO XXXIX Meeting on behalf of the organizers.

ECCO XXXIX Virtual Meeting
22-24 September, 2021

On behalf of the ECCO Board and the Local Organising Committee, Public Health England (PHE) Culture Collections would like to invite you to attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the European Culture Collections’ Organisation.

Following an unprecedented year and the postponement of the 2020 meeting due to COVID, this year the ECCO meeting will be held online for the first time in its history. Hosting of this meeting forms part of the centenary celebrations of PHE Culture Collections’ National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) one of the longest-established collections of its type which entered its 100th year in 2020.

Through six focussed sessions this virtual meeting aims to celebrate and debate culture collections, their history, present-day relevance and applications, and future direction. Topics include the role, validation and use of culture collections, access and benefit sharing and contributions to research and collaborative projects, microbiomes and the challenges of microbiome biobank development, the need for quality, safety, biosecurity and transportation standards, and advances in bioinformatics and data management.

Programme details will be available soon, and registration and abstract submission will open in June.

We look forward to connecting with you online in September!

Dr Bryan Bolton
Interim Head of PHE Culture Collections

Culture Collections as Hidden Sources of Microbial Biomolecules and Biodiversity

Guest Editors are inviting to consider submitting a manuscript to “Diversity” for a Special Issue on “Culture Collections as Hidden Sources of Microbial Biomolecules and Biodiversity”.

See the Editorial at https://doi.org/10.3390/d12070264.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

The application of modern advanced techniques in molecular biology is revealing unexpected high levels of microbial diversity and complexity. However, the invisible loss of microbial diversity in the environment deriving, for example, from global changes and anthropogenic activities, is not really perceived.

In this context, culture collections worldwide has become a valuable resource for the sustainable use of microbial diversity and its conservation. They provide pure cultures and genetic materials that are required for a number of research (including systematics) and teaching purposes, as well as for bioprospecting aims (i.e., the search for novel bioproducts) and their subsequent exploitation in biotechnological fields (e.g., pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, agricultural, and food industries, as well as biorestoration).

For this Special Issue, Guest editors are looking for experimental studies and reviews relating to any aspect of the diversity, physiology, conservation, molecular biology, and biotechnology of prokaryotes and eukaryotes from microbial collections.

Keywords:

  • Microbial isolates
  • Culture collections
  • Biotecnonological value
  • Biodiversity conservation

More information about the special issue is available at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/diversity/special_issues/culture_collections.

Guest Editors
Dr. Angelina Lo Giudice, Institute of Polar Sciences (CNR-ISP), National Research Council, Messina, Italy
Dr. Carmen Rizzo, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, National Institute of Biology, Messina, Italy

LTP database released

‘The All-Species Living Tree’ Project

A valuable resource particularly for microbial taxonomists

After more than 1 year of work, the LTP database has been released.
The joint effort of the LTP team under the support of Elsevier, and specifically Systematic and Applied Microbiology, has resulted in the current release available at https://imedea.uib-csic.es/mmg/ltp/.
The new LTP database contains the sequences of all type strains with validly published names until December 2020, as well as all sequences of new species not yet listed in the notification lists of the IJSEM, but published in this journal.

This release has three major features:

  • An improved alignment:
    The LTP database in ARB format contains a new alignment that is derived from the improvement of the former universal alignment, but which has accommodated the new released sequences as well as it has been thoroughly revised. In addition, the LTP offers several conservational filters and gap and termini filters useful to reconstruct phylogenies and evaluate topologies.
  • New reconstructions of the global phylogeny of the classified species:
    Two trees have been prepared, one with the best sequences and another containing in addition the sequences with more compromised phylogenetic signals. According to authors, this may be the best and most robust 16S rRNA gene phylogenies yet reconstructed. The trees are the result of evaluation of multiple maximum likelihood reconstructions.
  • List of taxa in the need to be evaluated:
    In the accompanying manuscript that describes this release (Ludwig et al., 2021), the process of curation and tree reconstruction are explained and lists of taxa that may be susceptible of being evaluated and perhaps reclassified are provided. Taxa that do not fit in their overall taxonomic and phylogenetic framework have been highlighted.
    See the information at:
    Ludwig, W., Viver, T., Westram, R., Gago, J.F., Bustos-Caparros, E., Knittel, K., Amann, R., Rossello-Mora, R. (2021) Release LTP_12_2020, featuring a new ARB alignment and improved 16S rRNA tree for prokaryotic type strains. Syst Appl Microbiol 40: 126218. DOI: 10.1016/j.syapm.2021.126218.
    Elsevier has granted this manuscript 6 months of free access for all who are interested in this new release.

Since December 2020, more than 400 species have been published and also there have been important changes in the classification (for example the Deltaproteobacteria). In about 1 month time, the LTP will be updated to offer the best proxy to the phylogeny of the classified taxa.

Enter in https://imedea.uib-csic.es/mmg/ltp/ to download the database and accompanying information, and register for a mailing list of users that want to get updated with the news and releases.

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