Bioresources Technology Unit (BTU)
Microbes are important sources of various biological compounds and enzymes that are useful for humans, from food to essential therapeutic proteins. The Bioresources Technology Unit (BTU) was established in recognition of the need to explore the rich diversity of microorganisms in Thailand. Our main interests are thus to collect, identify, preserve and systematically utilize Thai-indigenous microorganisms. Several environmental challenges, including global warming underlie the urgency to collect and identify new microbial strains from environmental habitats all over Thailand. In the near future, the BIOTEC Culture Collection (BCC) which currently houses more than 30,000 microbial strains will act as a Biological Resource Center (BRC). The BRC will not only continue its previous role as a depository of microbial strains, but will also provide other types of biological materials such as DNA, and all associated information.
To maximize the bioresources’ potential, several systems for systematic storage of biological extracts and chemical libraries, together with semi-high throughput capability in conducting various biological assays have been established. Our bioresource management system set up in the unit allows us to speed up the vast amount of information. This will not only facilitate us in utilization of our resources efficiently, but also in connecting us to other leading research institutes. Over the past few years, BTU has also established several collaborations with world-leading pharma and biotechnological companies, e.g. Novartis for the scientific exchange of techniques and expertise. BTU also plays a role as a training hub for our neighboring countries in microbial preservation and identification. Our vision is to be a Center for bioresources research for this region.
Last Updated (Thursday, 02 December 2010 15:35)