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  • > Microbial Resources Centres (MIRCEN)s - Updated: 15-04-2008 4:43 pm

    logo_mircen.gif A Network in Environmental, Applied Microbiological and Biotechnogical Research

    The MIRCENs (Microbial Resources Centres) are existing academic/research institutes in developed and developing countries, which in co-operation with the corresponding National Commissions of Member States and governmental authorities, network in a global collaborative effort to harness through the vehicle of international scientific co-operation, microbiological research and biotechnological applications for the benefit of humankind. Since 1975 and in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 34 Microbial Resources Centres (MIRCENS) have been established worldwide.The global MIRCEN network research and training activities aim to:

  • Provide a global infrastructure incorporating national,regional and international cooperating    laboratories geared to the management, distribution, and utilization of the microbial gene pool;
  • Reinforce the use of the rhizobial gene pool, in developing countries, with an agrarian base;
  • Foster the development of new inexpensive technologies native to specific regions;
  • Promote the economic and environmental applications of microbiology; and
  • Serve as focal centres in the network for the training of manpower.
  • This programme is carried out within the framework of UNESCO's regular and extrabudgetary programme activities.

    For more information please contact: l.hoareau@unesco.org or j.hasler@unesco.org


    Start Date 06-10-2003
    End Date 06-10-2003
    Project Document THE UNESCO GLOBAL NETWORK OF MIRCENS IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING CENTRES.htm 103505 bytes (Download Help)
    Lead Organization / Sector / Office UNESCO
    Contact First Name Lucy
    Contact Last Name Hoareau


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