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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.


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


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.

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:

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

(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

New presentation on MIRRI-IT available

A new presentation has been made available in the Publications page.

Read the “The ESFRI project MIRRI” presentation given by Cristina Varese, Coordinator of MIRRI-IT, at last workshop on “Matching fungal conservation in Italy: the current state and future challenges“, held in Rome on November 30, 2018.

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