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Introduction of the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources

Introduction: The State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources (SKLMR), affiliated to the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was founded in 1989 as part of a World Bank-sponsored project in China. The Laboratory, directed by Professor Xiuzhu Dong, has 39 staff members, including 33 researchers, 5 technicians and one secretary. Professor Guoping Zhao, chairs a 15-member academic committee.

Area of interest and ongoing research activities: The SKLMR has devoted much of its efforts to the collection and evaluation of microbial resources in China, to the study of basic biology of extremophiles and to the exploitation of the biotechnological potential of microorganisms. The laboratory is currently conducting research in the following four major areas: (a) extremophiles; (b) bioactive substances of microbial origin; (c) biotechnology; and (d) microbiology databases.

Facilities: The SKLMR has an array of modern instruments for microbiological molecular biological research, including 5-liter fermenters, freeze dryers, ultra-speed, high speed and large capacity centrifuges, analytical and semi-preparative HPLC systems, an FPLC system, gas chromatographs, a GC-mass spectrometer and an inverted microscope equipped with a micromanipulator.

Research Achievements: In past 5 years, the SKLMR has published over 120 papers and filed 27 patent applications, of which 13 have been authorized. 7 technologies have been transfered for about 17 million RMB.

State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
1-3 West Beichen Road, Beijing 100101, China   Tel/Fax:010-64807429   Email:sklmr@sun.im.ac.cn

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