So what's the problem?
The properties of microorganisms have been harnessed by man for thousands of years, particularly in brewing and baking but their uses continue to expand not just in food and healthcare but in almost all areas of industry and environmental maintenance. Their authentication, characterisation, stable storage and supply are a major contribution to the knowledge-based bioeconomy.
What is this project doing?
EMbaRC will establish a self-sustainable community of European Microbial Resource Centres representing a large bio-diversity and offering a wide-range bio-resources and expert services. These services will enable the development of new partnerships with public institutes in the field of biodiversity and will facilitate revenue-generating partnerships with industry. The long-term objective is to enable not only the EMbaRC partners but other European Biological Resource Centre's, especially those who are endangered or isolated, to find complementary sources of funding to ensure their future existence.
Results so far
The consortium has begun to establish EMbaRC's training and outreach programme. This will help ensure that microbiologists working in the EU and associated countries can take advantage of the consortium's work. This programme will also provide scientists with the opportunity to visit an EMbaRC resource centre, where they can benefit from expert advice and advanced equipment through hands-on sessions. For more information, click here >
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