Yunnan University (YU)

YU logoYunnan Institute of Microbiology (YIM), School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University was founded in 1979 as a non-profit organization in Yunnan, P. R. China. (subsequently referred to simply as YIM), with the main mission to explore and utilize Yunnan’s diverse microbial resources. This function is assumed by the Ministry-level and Provincial-level laboratories located in this Institute. The main research work focusing on the following five aspects:

1). Molecular ecology of microorganisms in different ecosystem environments.

2) Molecular systematic and evolution of actinomycetes, bacteria and fungi.

3) Establish a strains center for resource microorganisms (not type cultures), in the form of wild microbial collections, with potential for development of natural products. Currently, the institute has in storage more than 50,000 strains of actinomycetes, fungi and extremophiles (YM WDCM832 Strains Collection of Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, China at  http://wdcm.nig.ac.jp/CCINFO/CCINFO.xml?832).

4) Annually, 3,000-5,000 strains of actinomycetes, fungi and extremophiles from soil samples collected from throughout the country and Southeast Asia are isolated and added to the collection holding.

5) Research of bioactive substances of actinomycetes and fungi (endophytes), and establishing a library of 10,000 to 20,000 extracts of fermented broth of actinomycetes and fungi, and 2000 extracts of plants a year. 

6) Development enzymes from extremophiles.

The institute is well equipped with a large number of advanced equip¬ments, which have provided fast and precise measurements for teaching and research work, and helped promote research effort in various disciplines. 

Dr.Wen-Jun Li is an internationally recognized young scientist in the field of Actinobacterial systematics research, who have isolated, identified and validly published many new prokaryotic taxa in the past 10 years, including 3 new suborders (Actinopolysporineae, Kineosporiineae, Jiangellineae), 8 new families (Actinopolysporaceae, Kineosporiaceae, Beutenbergiaceae, Cryptosporangiaceae Jiangellaceae, Ruaniaceae, Yaniaellaceae, Sinobacteraceae),  26 new genera and 260  new species, from diverse terrestrial extremophilic environments, such as hot springs, salt lakes, saline mines, as well as traditional Chinese medicinal plant endophyte and marine ecosystems. He was appointed as head of Actinobacterial research group and Vice Director of Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, China since January of 2009, and Vice Dean of School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University, China since January of 2012. He has written three monographs and more than 390 publications and holds fifteen authorized patents. He has been appointed as the editorial board members of 4 peer-reviewed journals and was invited to be as reviewers for over 20 international journals. He was awarded as WFCC Skerman Award for Microbial Taxonomy in 2007, and other four provincial level Awards in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010, respectively, for his outstanding research achievements on Actinombacterial systematics. His research is mainly focused on:

1) To explore actinobacterial diversity of those terrestrial extremophilic environments, such as hot springs, salt lakes, saline mines, as well as traditional Chinese medicinal plant endophyte and marine ecosystems, by using culture-dependent and culture-independent methods.

2) To determine the accurate taxonomic position of those targeted actinobacterial isolates by using modern polyphasic approach.

3) Screening and selection of industrial microorganisms for novel functional genes, microbial metabolites and enzymes.

4) To study the unique mechanisms of extremophilic actinobacteria to adapt those unusual environments.
 

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