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Microorganisms 2015, 3(4), 890-902;

The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI: Strength through Coordination

Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure (MIRRI), c/o Leibniz Institute Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ), Braunschweig 38124, Germany
Centre for Biosciences and Agriculture International (CABI), Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY, UK
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Academic Editor: Willy Verstraete
Received: 28 September 2015 / Revised: 4 November 2015 / Accepted: 6 November 2015 / Published: 18 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbial Resource Management)
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Microbial resources have been recognized as essential raw materials for the advancement of health and later for biotechnology, agriculture, food technology and for research in the life sciences, as their enormous abundance and diversity offer an unparalleled source of unexplored solutions. Microbial domain biological resource centres (mBRC) provide live cultures and associated data to foster and support the development of basic and applied science in countries worldwide and especially in Europe, where the density of highly advanced mBRCs is high. The not-for-profit and distributed project MIRRI (Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure) aims to coordinate access to hitherto individually managed resources by developing a pan-European platform which takes the interoperability and accessibility of resources and data to a higher level. Providing a wealth of additional information and linking to datasets such as literature, environmental data, sequences and chemistry will enable researchers to select organisms suitable for their research and enable innovative solutions to be developed. The current independent policies and managed processes will be adapted by partner mBRCs to harmonize holdings, services, training, and accession policy and to share expertise. The infrastructure will improve access to enhanced quality microorganisms in an appropriate legal framework and to resource-associated data in a more interoperable way. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioeconomy; biological resource centres; global biological resource centres; MIRRI; microbial resource centres bioeconomy; biological resource centres; global biological resource centres; MIRRI; microbial resource centres

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Stackebrandt, E.; Schüngel, M.; Martin, D.; Smith, D. The Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure MIRRI: Strength through Coordination. Microorganisms 2015, 3, 890-902.

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