Inauguration of Thailand Bioresource Research Center

Thailand Bioresource Research Center (TBRC) was officiated on 20 February 2015 as witnessed by over 100 local and international guests from the scientific community of bioresources research and management.

TBRC will serve as a foundation for the development of the nation’s bio-industry and bio-economy. The Center is fully equipped with a system that complies with the Nagoya Protocol (NP), to effectively facilitate access and benefit sharing (ABS) of genetic resources to industry under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Through the linkage developed with the Thailand Network of Culture Collections and academic and research institutes, TBRC currently has 130 members from Thailand and overseas, and therefore is able to provide access to comprehensive and diverse biological material to serve the needs of industries.

BIOTEC founded BIOTEC Culture Collection (BCC) in 1996 as a depositary and distribution center for microorganism, providing services with international standards.  BCC currently has in its collection more than 70,000 microbial strains, some of which have thoroughly been studied and licensed for commercial use as starter culture in the food industry or for enzyme production in animal feed industry, for instance.

However, due to the high diversity of microorganisms, it is very difficult for one single culture collection to manage all types of microorganisms as well as other biological materials.  TBRC is therefore, positioning itself to serve as a central body to preserve and manage Thailand’s national biological resources, through networking with various academic and research institutes, making these biological materials accessible for further research and development to realize their potential use.

Inauguration of TBRC

Among honorable guests attending the opening of TBRC were Dr. Philippe Desmeth (President of World Federation for Culture Collections), Dr. Yasushi Noto (Director-General of NITE Biological Resource Center or NBRC), Dr. Malee Suwana-adth (Advisor to BIOTEC) and Dr. Aparat Mahakhant (Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research or TISTR).

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Posted on 22 February 2015