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Gujarat Biodiversity Gene Bank (BioGene)

Gujarat Biodiversity Gene Bank (BioGene)

Gujarat Biodiversity Gene Bank (BioGene) is an initiative of Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat for preservation of floral, faunal and microbial biodiversity. Gujarat holds a very unique position in biodiversity spread because of its geographical situate and spread. One of the prime mandates of BioGene is conservation of biodiversity of Gujarat. Microbes being key components of the lives and a magic tool box of potentials; essentially needs no justification for Conservation.

BioGene has initiated a program called as Bank a Bug under which it is encouraging deposition of microbes from the Academicians/ researchers/ students of Gujarat in to the Microbial Inventory of BioGene. Main objectives of the same are as per following.

Objectives

  • It will be a stepping stone for the conservation of the Microbial Bioresource of the Gujarat.
  • It will be a ready library reference of the microbial cultures of Gujarat.
  • It will encourage research in the various aspects of microbial diversity, ecology, taxonomy industrial applications and many others.
  • The centralized inventory will help extract potential of the deposited microbes (excess to open source) to the interested stakeholders.
  • It will facilitate matchmaking for the technology transfers based on the well studied organisms within the stakeholders.

Benefits

  • The culture will be safely preserved in the collection center so chances of losing a culture shall be reduced.
  • For each submission, depositor will get molecular identification of the culture done from BioGene and will also get co-authorship in the Databank Submissions.
  • For a potential culture having industrial application and technology spark; BioGene will facilitate technology transfer among Stakeholders.
  • This effort will ultimately lead to culture collection center and a gene bank of the Microbial Bioresource of the state.

Options available:

Secured Access

Depositor can deposit the cultures without putting them on public domain. This option is to be taken when strain is having the relevance in IPR or other matters (but this will not be considered as deposition under Indian Patent Treaty).Such deposition and maintenance of the cultures will be charge based.

Public Access

Depositor can deposit their cultures in open access and get molecular identification done for their cultures. Also they will share joint authorship in the submissions. Such deposition will be free without involving any financial liabilities on depositor.

For more information please contact:

Sector Specialist( Agriculture Biotechnology)
Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission
Dept. of Science and Technology,
Government of Gujarat
9/11, Udhyog Bhavan, Sector-11, Gandhinagar
Email: ssabtm@gujarat.gov.in
Phone: 079-23252165/97

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