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Microorganism Section

The Microorganism Section conducts exploration, collection, characterization, preservation, and distribution service of microorganism genetic resources in collaboration with 12 Sub-banks and over 60 laboratories with the Genetic Resources Center, NARO as the Central Bank. The genetic resources covered are the following 9 groups focusing on agricultural and food items.

  • Fungus (including mushrooms)
  • Yeast
  • Bacteria
  • Actinomycetes
  • Phytoplasma
  • Plant virus
  • Bacteriophage
  • Animal virus
  • Protozoa

The Microorganism Section has been dispatching both domestic and overseas exploration teams every year and making efforts to survey distributions and variations of microorganism genetic resources as well as to collect versatile microorganism genetic resources. The total number of newly registered microorganism genetic resources amounts to about 1000 items per year including items obtained by exchanges with domestic and overseas research institutes. Parts of the activities of such exploratory collections are made open to the public in the Annual Report on Exploration and Introduction of Microbial Genetic Resources [ja].