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Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure

Start date: 11/01/2011 > Completion date: 10/31/2015

General information about the project/initiative

Name of the Project/Initiative: Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure
Acronym: MIRRI

General information about the organisation

Name: Leibniz-Institut DSMZ – Deutsche Sammlung von Mkroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH
City: Braunschweig
Post Code: 38124
Country: Germany

Contact details of the person responsible for the project/initiative:

Name: Erko Stackebrandt

Description of the project/initiative

Domains covered by the project/initiative:

  • Microbial and Invertebrate genetic resources (MIGR)

Number of partners: 37
Scope of the project: EU
Initial motivation for starting the project/initiative: Establishing a European-wide network of microbial genetic resources, for improving access to stake-holders.

Actions which describe the project – Actions are ranked from 1 to 10

Managing genetic resources (collecting, conserving, maintaining, regenerating, optimising composition, etc.) 1
Generating information (phenotyping, genotyping, etc.) 8
Managing information (databasing, interfacing, etc.) 2
Improving methodology (improving all the above, standardising, etc.) 7
Building capacity (involving GR collection managers) 3
Legal/policy matters (improving access, ABS, etc.) 6
Scientific research (analysing diversity, finding traits, etc.) 9
Promoting use (aiming at potential users) 4
Raising public awareness (aiming at the general public) 5
The initiative is focused on microbial genetic resources only

Budget and funding

Overall budget of the project/initiative (in Euros): 4,134,660
Other public authorities than national government and agencies: 100%

Expected outcomes and communication


Improve/conserve genetic resource materials X
Scientific community X
Genetic resources conservation community X


Final consumers X
Policy makers X
Users of genetic resources such as breeders, farmers, industry X

Biotech industry

Project/initiative to lead to the initiation of further projects/initiatives

– Nationally-funded projects and further international cooperations

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