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The tasks of this project are collecting, preserving, and providing of bacteria, which are related to infectious diseases and human health. This project is carried out by Gifu University, Center for Conservation of Microbial Genetic Resource (GCMR) (bacterial pathogens in various infection, opportunistic bacteria), Osaka University, Research Institute for Microbial Diseases (bacterial pathogens in various intestinal infection), and Laboratory of Bacterial Drug Resistance, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine (backup facility). We collaborate to provide a more stable preservation system and a collection with useful strain information on use. We support people who do education, research, and development of tools, related to infectious diseases and bacterial pathogens. We also take over the collection of researchers who retire and preserve their precious genetic resources.

Key Strains/Studies

Over 80% of bacterial species that are pathogenic in humans are preserved in this project. In addition, the collection also includes varieties in bacterial species such as serotype important for infectious disease studies. We plan to collect more valuable species and variants in the future, including drug-resistant strains and zoonotic pathogens.

Research contributions

The project’s resources have been used:

  1. For preparing DNA chips for identification of pathogenic microorganisms
  2. As whole genome analysis strains
  3. As standard strains in the proposal of new bacterial species
  4. As quality control strains for susceptibility test of clinical isolating bacteria
  5. For education
  6. For discovery and development of new antibacterial agents by pharmaceutical companies

Contact information

Center for Conservation of Microbial Genetic Resource, Organization for Research and Community Development, Gifu University
Principal Investigator: Kaori Tanaka
e-Mail : g_cmr[at]gifu-u.ac.jp
FAX : +81-58-230-6184