A Case for Regional Culture Collections of Microorganisms,
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA OTTAWA (ONTARIO) DIV OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
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The report describes the proposals for regional culture collections of microorganisms especially in developing countries. Since the earliest days of their science, microbiologists have been forced to conserve the genetic resources of their microbes, albeit they have not always expressed their concern in terms of preservation of genetic pools. Microbiologists, of necessity, have had to preserve their cultures in a viable and physiologically unaltered state since relatively little can be learned from dead microorganisms. As a consequence, a number of very fine culture collections have been established and considerable research effort has been expended on developing techniques suitable for the long-term storage of living microbes.