Culture collections, involving the accession and supply of microorganisms in pure culture, have long supported microbiological research. But how can collections and biobanks in association with data networks support and underpin the ever-evolving fields of microbiome and phytobiomes research?
This is just one question we will be addressing in our webinar, using the example of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank, a project seeking to preserve, characterize and utilize the microbiota associated with 6 key crops – wheat, barley, fava bean, oat, oil seed rape (canola) & sugar beet.
We will discuss:
Finally, we will discuss how the model used for biobanking can be expanded to other crop types and holobiont systems, and how a biobanking approach is essential not only for industrial and academic research but also for capturing biodiversity to allow for future mitigation against climate change.