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About the National BioResource Project (Yeast)
Overview and Objectives

Yeast is one of the premier industrial microorganisms, because of its essential role in brewing, winemaking, baking, and fuel alcohol production. In addition, yeast has proven to be an excellent model organism for the study of a variety of biological problems involving the fields of genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and other disciplines within the biomedical and life sciences.

The complete genomes of the budding yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and the fission yeast (Schizosaccharomyces pombe) have been determined and those of other yeasts are being sequenced at breath-taking speed. A major focus of current yeast research concerns genome-wide functional analysis-the development of tools and methods to decipher the functions of all the genes of an organism under a variety of environmental conditions. -- On-going groundbreaking work in the functional genomics of the budding and fission yeasts will assure their importance as model eukaryotes in the foreseeable future.

Resources such as yeast strains and DNA clones are absolutely necessary for a wide variety of yeast research. In the past, such resources were stored by individual researchers and were distributed by request. Establishment of a central yeast genetic resource center has been a goal of yeast researchers for many years in order to overcome the inherent inefficiency and inequities of such a system. Thus, the National BioResource Yeast Project was launched in 2002 by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

The purpose of the project is the systematic collection, storage, and dissemination of important yeast genetic resources including strains, plasmids, DNA libraries, and antibodies.


The physical infrastructure of the Yeast Genetic Resource Center (YGRC) is located at Osaka Metropolitan University , Hiroshima Institute of Technology and Hiroshima University to provide the aforementioned services. A Steering Committee has been established to develop operational policies and to assure open communication between the Center and the yeast research community at large.


Steering Committee
MIZUNUMA MasakiGraduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life, Hiroshima University( Chairperson )
AKADA RinjiGraduate School of Medicine, Yamaguchi University
AKAO TakeshiNational Research Institute of Brewing
ARAKI HiroyukiNational Institute of Genetics/ROIS-DS
KAMADA YoshiakiNational Institute for Basic Biology
KAWAMUKAI MakotoFaculty of Life and Environmental Science, Shimane University
KITAMURA KenjiNatural Science Center for Basic Research and Development, Hiroshima University( Subject Director )
KITAMOTO HirokoNational Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
GOTO YuheiNational Institute for Basic Biology
SAKUNO TakeshiGraduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University
SHINOHARA MikiFaculty of Agriculture, Kindai University
SUGIYAMA MinetakaFaculty of Life Sciences, Hiroshima Institute of Technology( Subject Director )
SUMA MichikoOkinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
TAKEGAWA KaoruFaculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
TOHDA HidekiChitose Bio Evolution Pte. LTD
NAKAMURA TaroGraduate School of Science, Osaka Metropolitan University( Representative )
HARASHIMA SatoshiFaculty of Biotechnology and Life Science, Sojo University
HIRAOKA YasushiGraduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University
MORIYA HisaoResearch Core for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Okayama University
YAMAGISHI HiromiAsahi Breweries, LTD.
YAMASHITA AkiraNational Institute for Basic Biology

Yeast Genetic Resource Center (YGRC)

The two most useful yeast species, Schizosaccharomyces pombe (fission yeast) and Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast), are managed by research groups at Osaka Metropolitan University and Hiroshima Institute of Technology, respectively. These two groups collaborate closely in order to fulfill the goals of the project.

Fission yeast
Graduate School of Science, Osaka Metropolitan University

Nakamura, Taro (Head, Professor)

Sugimoto 3-3-138, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
558-8585, Japan

E-mail: contactus-yeastshigen.info
Budding yeast
Faculty of Life Sciences, Hiroshima Institute of Technology

Sugiyama, Minetaka (Head, Professor)

2-1-1 Miyake, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima
731-5193, Japan

E-mail: contactus-yeastshigen.info
Center for Gene Science, Hiroshima University

Kitamura, Kenji (Associate Professor)

Kagamiyama 1-4-2, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima
739-8527, Japan

E-mail: contactus-yeastshigen.info

About our activities

An overview of the YGRC is illustrated as follows:


How to deposit resources:
If you wish to deposit strains or plasmids, please contact the YGRC by E-mail.

Fission yeast (contactus-yeastshigen.info)
Budding yeast (contactus-yeastshigen.info)

Initially, a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) will be signed and exchanged, in which you will indicate your preferred terms for future distribution of provided materials. You will then be asked to send the materials and to provide as much background information as possible (i.e., restriction maps, details about mutant isolation or construction, etc.) in order to make the materials a useful resource for future users. In the case of large contributions, the YGRC will send technical personnel to your laboratory to facilitate the transfer of materials.

Storage/Quality inspection:
Strains are stored in glycerol at -80oC. When new strains are deposited, phenotypes of most are confirmed. Strains harboring new combinations of mutant alleles are also constructed at the YGRC.

Construction and use of the databases:
Information about most strains and plasmids stored at the YGRC is available online and is searchable based on genotype or other relevant parameters.

Dissemination of yeast genetic resources:
If you wish to obtain yeast strains, plasmids or libraries, please contact us by E-mail. After receiving the materials you will be asked to complete, sign, and return to us an appropriate MTA. Depending on the materials, you may need to provide us with an agreement signed in advance by the Intellectual Property Right (IPR) holder.