JAKARTA: An Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) biotechnology researcher says that scientists have made tremendous biotechnology breakthroughs in a project with Japan’s National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE).
Puspita Lisdiyanti said that the scientists made important findings, including the discovery of numerous actinomycetes microbes, an essential ingredient for creating antibiotics and a possible medicine for osteoporosis.
“Actinomycetes has a high economic and beneficial value because of these uses,” Puspita told the audience at a presentation of the project’s findings at the LIPI building on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Jakarta, on Wednesday. “We are planning to continue our cooperation with Japan for further exploration and research on actinomycetes.”
LIPI’s cooperation with NITE between 2003 to 2009 significantly increased Indonesia’s microbial collection record, she said, from 200 to 6,500.
“What’s more tremendous is that we found so many new species of microbes during the research. Not less than 1,800 microbes are believed to be new discoveries,” she said. — JP