Marine microorganisms form an almost untapped resource of biotechnological potential
Matís is a participant in the MaCuMBA project that started last year and will be on going until 2016. The objective of the MaCuMBA project is to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies.
Furthermore, MaCuMBA aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats by applying innovative methods and using automated high-throughput procedures.
A picture or a video is worth many words and below you can watch a video about the MaCuMBA project.
Marine microorganisms form an almost untapped resource of biotechnological potential. They could potentially provide clues that will help mitigate climate change, control disease and generate alternative energy sources. However, their use is hindered by the low success rate for isolating novel microorganisms and by poor growth efficiency. Consequently, the vast majority of marine microorganisms have not been cultivated and are often considered as “unculturable”. Today, one of the main challenges for microbiologists is to develop strategies to cultivate the uncultured majority of marine microorganisms.