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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs15
  • SDGs2
Acting Director-General, Dr.
SUZUKI Ken-ichiro
(Biological Resource Center, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE))
Research Institutions in Japan National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) / RIKEN / The University of Tokyo
Research Institutions in Indonesia Research Center for Biology of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (RCB-LIPI), etc.
Adoption fiscal year FY 2010
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Indonesia
General Description of the Research Project

Utilizing the microorganisms that underpin rich tropical ecosystems in a diversity of industries
Indonesia boasts the second richest biodiversity in the world, and the conservation of its biological resources is a matter of keen interest. However, no system yet exists for the sustainable use of Indonesia’s microbiological resources, which are being viewed eagerly for potential application in agriculture and environmental technology. This project is establishing a microbial resource center to preserve and provide access to such useful microorganisms, which will be recorded in a database and made available worldwide so as to contribute to resource conservation and development of new industries.

Supporting developing countries through the Sleeping Microbial Beauties Project
The goal of the Sleeping Microbial Beauties Project is establishment of a microbial resource center which holds diverse microorganisms characteristic for Indonesia. The microbial resources are collected, characterized and preserved for utilization in agriculture and industries. The management skill of the center for utilization of materials is transferred as well as the knowledge and techniques for isolation, preservation, and taxonomy of microorganisms. The project will contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and discovery of valuable microorganisms.

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Samples of microalgae collected from nature using cotton buds. A medium is added to these tubes to try culturing the microalgae.

Samples of microalgae collected from nature using cotton buds. A medium is added to these tubes to try culturing the microalgae.

Sampling river water from a boat to collect water-dwelling microorganisms (in this case, microalgae)

Sampling river water from a boat to collect water-dwelling microorganisms (in this case, microalgae)

Signing Minutes of Meeting

Signing Minutes of Meeting

Microbes collected by RCB-LIPI

Microbes collected by RCB-LIPI

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