Asia is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world especially in microbes, which are important sources of various biological compounds and enzymes that are useful for humans, from food to essential therapeutic proteins. However, studies and researches on microbial resources are still outnumbered in comparison with other living major groups such as higher plants and animals. ACM9, thus, aims to promote the utilization of microbial resources in industrial applications.
The 3-day meeting consisted of Conference on “Value Added Culture Collection” on the first day to provide perspective applications of bioresources various industries, as well as regulation and policy. On the second and third days were the ACM Annual Meeting to update the activities of three Task Forces: Biological Information Management, Human Resources Development, and Management of Material Transfer. This year, the ACM approved the membership of four institutes, namely: Japan Collection of Microorganisms (JCM) of Japan, Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (BEDO) of Thailand, Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene Bank (MTCC) of India and University of Santo Tomas of the Philippines. The Conference was attended by 85 participants while the Annual Meeting had 60 attendees from Thailand and abroad.
Posted on 2 November 2012