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Maintenance of the Collection of Microorganisms


Maintenance, Storage And Study of the Collection of Microorganisms’ Strains

Tech Area / Field

  • BIO-SFS/Biosafety and BioSecurity/Biotechnology
  • BIO-MIB/Microbiology/Biotechnology

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
National Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyzstan / Biotechnology Institution, Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek

Project summary

The Project objective is preservation, maintenance of the collection of microorganisms as a part of global collection, being of epizootic and economical importance.

At Biotechnology Institute NAS KR there are more than ten strains and isolates for ten agents of viral and microbial diseases. Eight of them are considered to be extremely hazardous infections. All the strains and isolates have been extracted in Kyrgyzstan. They are being stored both in native and dried condition in the freezers. The acuteness of the issue is in the absence of conditions for the strains’ storage not only at Biotechnology Institute, but in Kyrgyzstan on the whole either. The registration system of the motion of biomaterials is not efficient enough, the physical and biological procedure for the protection is lacking.

Unavailability of up- to- date arrangement of museum business, considering economical and social realities in the country, can lead to the loss of viability of the strains and isolates of microorganisms being of national importance.

The allocated funds within the Project, will contribute to the preservation, maintenance and timely refreshment of the strains on natural hosts, the study of genetic stability and preparation of a map for the main virus strains being of practical importance. The study of physical-and-chemical and biological features of virulent and attenuated strains and isolates of a virus will be carried out for those ones, which have not been investigated so far.

The Project implementation will allow to ensure physical and biological safety and development of the unique collection of microorganisms’ strains, to improve the museum business in line with the current requirements, to integrate the available information on the strains into the international exchange, to reorient the employees, who have formerly worked in the field of mass destruction weapon protection.


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