Creation and management of a micro-organism genebank at ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij for the vine and wine industry

Project Number
WW 10-11

Project title
Creation and management of a micro-organism genebank at ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij for the vine and wine industry

Project leader
Bergstedt, J

Team members
Jolly, N P

Project description
Genetic resources are regarded as of national strategic value. It is therefore important that relevant micro-organisms should be securely conserved under optimum conditions. ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Microbiology has two ultra freezer units wherein these organisms can be kept. A suitable computerised database was found and all relevant information regarding organisms in the genebank, was recorded.

The viability and genetic stability of micro-organisms will be tested on a regular basis. The ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Microbiology’s genebank and ultra freezer unit proved to be of great advantage to other institutions in the course of the past year e.g. Anchor Bio-Technologies who requested ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij Microbiology to store some of their cultures under optimum conditions.

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