Biotechnology: The Research Institute in Mainz has 22,000 strains of the fungus

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The Research Institute in Mainz has 22,000 strains of the fungus

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The inscription “Gene of the SI laboratory” is attached to the glass door of the laboratory with mushroom cultures. Photo: Andreas Arnold / dpa

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Biotechnological research with about 22,000 fungal strains: The Institute for Biotechnology and Drug Research (IBWF) at the University of Mainz has one of the largest and most diverse mushroom collections in Germany – including the original 1928 strain of penicillin. “We are looking for natural substances Microorganisms, mostly fungi,” IBWF Director General and Dean of Biology Professor Eckhard Thines said in Mainz on Thursday.

Biotechnological research with about 22,000 fungal strains: The Institute for Biotechnology and Drug Research (IBWF) at the University of Mainz has one of the largest and most diverse mushroom collections in Germany – including the original 1928 strain of penicillin. “We are looking for natural substances Microorganisms, mostly fungi,” IBWF Director General and Dean of Biology Professor Eckhard Thines said in Mainz on Thursday.

“Biotechnology is currently strongly focused on health, but it goes much further into Rhineland-Palatinate,” Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) said on Thursday during a one-day visit to this key issue from the government’s coalition agreement.

In addition to medicines, this includes food safety and crop protection, Thines said. There are still many active ingredients that can be found in fungal strains. The task of future generations is to develop strategies “how to get there and how to produce it”. The IBWF is trying to build a bridge between application orientation and basic research.

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