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About COLMIA

COLMIA is a collection of microorganisms implied in wine, table olive, diary industrial production, soil, and plant pathogens or entomopathogenic microbes.

Microbial culture collections provide a wealth of materials and information that can accelerate the progress of research in biological sciences. The main purpose of a microbe-collection is to preserve the biodiversity. It is important to preserve, as much as possible, a larger number of well characterized strains of the same organism to represent the variability within a species or a population.

Fungi, yeasts, bacteria and viruses strains are available from collections all around the world, but a collection fully dedicated to microbes involved in agriculture and in agro-industrial processes does not yet exist. Therefore, the information and knowledge provided by microbes preserved in situ by several institutions are very specific. Currently, the site http://www.colmia.it has been created in order to consult and eventually require strains present in the in situ collections. The National Collection COLMIA (WDCM945) gathers nine scientific Institutions all belonging to the Agricultural Research Council (CRA), each specialized in specific group and/or related functional field of agro-microbes, including plant pathogens and entomopathogenic microorganisms.