Cibinong, BRIN Public Relations. The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) provides various research infrastructure facilities to support the performance of its civitates and interest of the community at large. One of these facilities is the Indonesia Culture Collection (InaCC) which is the center for storing collections of Indonesian microorganisms.

InaCC was launched by the then President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on 24 May 2007 and inaugurated by the then Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia Boediono on 11 September 2013. At that time, InaCC was still managed by the Center for Biological Research – LIPI. Located in the Cibinong Science Center Complex – Botanical Garden (CSC-BG), Bogor Regency, InaCC is now managed by the Directorate of Scientific Collection Management, Deputy for Research and Innovation Infrastructure – BRIN.

BRIN Acting Director of Scientific Collection Management, Hendro Wicaksono said that in general the collection management system at InaCC includes storage, distribution, and services related to microorganisms. “System Management at InaCC is implemented based on the standards applied by the World Federation for Culture Collection (WFCC) and integrated with the ISO 9001:2015 management system,” he said.

He explained that the InaCC currently stores approximately 5,900 collections of microorganisms from 7 taxa, namely archaea, bacteriophages, bacteria, actinomycetes, microalgae, yeasts, and molds.

Five InaCC Facility Services

InaCC service facilities include laboratories, microorganism storage rooms (deep freezer, L-dry ampoules, liquid nitrogen), preparation rooms, documentation/database rooms and public service rooms. Modern equipment to support activities are available in this building, including MALDI-TOFF, genetic analyzer, PCR-thermal cycler, real-time PCR, GC-MS, HPLC, Varioskan, scanning electron microscope, epifluorescence microscope, and barcoding system storage.

These facilities support InaCC service activities, namely storage activities, research activities, and services. InaCC serves Indonesian and international customers in the identification of microorganisms and other microbiological analysis. InaCC’s roles include: First, the Center for microbial preservation, which is to provide places and facilities for storing reference microorganism resources and exploration results.

Second, the Center for patented microbial preservation, which provides places and facilities for storing microorganism resources for patent purposes (international depository authority, IDA). Third, the Center for microbial access, which provides places and facilities to access reference microorganism resources used in research, academic and industrial/economic sectors. Fourth, the Center for research on microbial exploration, which provides places and facilities for research activities on exploration of microorganism resources. Fifth, the Center for training on microorganisms handling, which provides places and facilities for training activities. Sixth, Center for public awareness on microbial roles and bioprospects; which provides places and facilities for awareness of microorganism resources.

Hendro hopes that access to the use of microorganisms at InaCC will continue to increase, especially for the benefit of biotechnology, energy, food, feed, agriculture, health, and the environment. “Utilization is expected to be in line with international laws and commitments, as well as environmental safety. “In the future, BRIN will regulate access management, protection, utilization, distribution, Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), electronic information and systems, microorganism database, as well as guidance and supervision,” he said.

Meanwhile, Arif Nurkanto, Chair of the Biosystematics and Microorganism Evolution Research Group from BRIN Biological Research Center said that InaCC plays an important role in placing/storing microbes in living and viable conditions (especially Indonesian microbes) isolated from various sources, which represents Indonesia’s biodiversity.

“The microbial collection aside from being a reference and scientific study  also plays a role in bioprospecting,” he explained. “Because microbes are producers of active medicinal ingredients, important enzymes, bioremediation agents, fermented food, biocontrol, materials and fibers, and other functions,” he added.

Arif hopes that InaCC will become one of the world’s most comprehensive collection and reference centers. In addition, InaCC is expected to become a center for microbial bioprospection research. “With the ratification of Presidential Regulation No. 1 of 2021 concerning microbial management, InaCC will become a research facility for both storage, regulation, and development related to microbial collection,” he concluded. (shf ed sl)