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Microorganism Resources Division

Major research interests

  • Collection and preservation of prokaryotes, fungi, lichens, and algae specimens
  • Building up a national list of indigenous prokaryotes, fungi, lichens, and algae species
  • Morphological and molecular phylogenetic studies on prokaryotes, fungi, lichens, and algae
  • Operation and management of miroorganism collection storages and NIBR culture collections
  • Microorganism resources division has studied with a wide range of taxonomic groups, such as prokaryotes, fungi, lichens, and algae. The division has conducted various field surveys and research, which are aimed at understanding the biodiversity and biogeographical distributions of microorganisms.
  • We are involved in many different areas of research based on the collection. Research areas include classification, phylogenetics, biodiversity, and biogeography of prokaryotes, fungi, lichens, and algae. The scientists and staffs have a heavy input into many aspects of research on systematics, using a variety of approaches; all specimens collected from domestic and foreign environment are identified by both morphological and molecular studies. Our division also involves collaboration with other biological institutes, which provide support to build infrastructures of future biotechnology (BT) industries.