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Iranians discover 30 microorganisms

August 16, 2014

Science & Technology Desk

Researchers at Iran Biological Resource Center discovered 30 new microorganisms during its four years of investigations, while Iran has only discovered eight new types over the last three decades.

"Different types of bacteria, archaea and yeasts are among the microorganisms discovered by the center," Dr. Abolhassan Shahzadeh-Fazeli, head of the center, said.

They have applications in biotechnology, food industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing, agriculture and environment.

Shahzadeh-Fazeli further said the center also provides services in the fields of identifying and collecting microorganisms for China, India, Germany, Japan, Spain, New Zealand and Algeria.

"Iran enjoys vast biodiversity and can help develop biotechnology," he said.

Shahzadeh-Fazeli said over 3,000 microorganisms were stored in the center's microorganism bank, of which 1,000 have been


A microorganism is a microscopic organism that may be a single cell or multicellular organism.

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Source: Iran Daily

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