Microbiological collections constitute specialized curatorial centers with routine procedures, such as carrying out quality control tests and providing authenticated material. They must also be attentive to biosafety and biosafety procedures, aiming to protect their team, the environment and their collections. Knowledge of biodiversity and the bioprospecting of new microorganisms have become the main focus of the biotechnological era, and collections of microbial cultures play a relevant role in the ex situ conservation, distribution and identification of these resources, as well as in the organization and availability of information associated with your holdings. It is a laborious activity, with great responsibility and that demands competence.
The demand for quality assured genetic resources has grown enormously. In this context, the CBMAI and DRM team offers training and advice based on their experiences in curating culture collections, good microbiology laboratory practices, taxonomy, microbial ecology, isolation and screening, among other related topics.