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Maintenance, study and development of endangered culture collections of extremophilic micro-organisms in Armenia, Ukraine and Belarus

The project is aimed at preserving and developing the endangered microbial culture collections represented mainly by extremophilic forms and comprising about 10000 strains. It includes the culture collection of the Institute of Microbiology of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia (about 6000 strains), and those of Ukraine (2000 strains) and Belarus (1500 strains). Special emphasis will be placed on extremophilic forms of bacilli, non-sporeforming bacteria, fungi, streptomycetes and yeast capable of growing in extreme conditions of temperature, pH and salt concentration. The research objectives also include the strains of fastidious micro-organisms with unique nutritional requirements and metabolic patterns. The collections comprise strains of important biotechnological potential.

Along with the isolation and study of new extremophilic strains, efficient methods for the preservation of their viability and the long-term conservation of initial enzymatic activity have to be developed. A comparative study of extremophilic micro-organisms will permit the elucidation of their evolution and phylogenetic relationships. The final results will be to establish well studied culture collections and databanks of extremophilic micro-organisms.

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Universidade de Coimbra
Coimbra
Portugal
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