Microbial Genomic Resource Repository (MGRR)


Institutes in the Indian National Agricultural Research System (NARS) and elsewhere in the country have been carrying out recombinant DNA research since a decade. It is routine to keep vectors, gene/promoter constructs even after a particular research project has been finished, because they constitute a valuable reserve for research and are a way to continue capitalizing on the investment (time and funds) already made to generate knowledge or products. In addition to the sequence information, projects associated with whole genome analysis generally produce biological materials such as cDNA clones, RFLP markers on the genetic map, cosmid clones, PAC (P1 derived Artificial Chromosome) clones, BAC (Bacterial Artificial Chromosome) clones, YAC (Yeast Artificial Chromosome) clones etc. These genome resources are indispensable tools for future post-genomic research, such as physiological and morphological characterization of a species, functional analysis of genes, comparative genomics and plant and animal breeding. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain an efficient system for conservation and management of DNA materials. Hence, NBAIM has started the collection and maintenance of these genomic resources and will play a vital role in bioscience research and education.
 

Objectives

  • Nation wide survey and Collection of information about Microbial Genetic Resources
  • Characterization, validation and  molecular typification of reference microbial cultures, and generation of molecular dataset and generation of barcode as reference.
  • Exploration for collection of  environmental microbial samples from different agroclimatic regions and direct DNA isolation through metagenomic approaches
  • Collection of DNA materials from microorganisms and other relevant organisms which result from the various molecular genetics and genomics research programmes.
  • Acquisition of gene constructs from various sources.
  • Production/multiplication and quality control for distribution.