The National BioResource Project (NBRP) has implemented the following four pillar programs to collect and provide biological and genetic resources (bioresources), and increase their added value.

Resource deposition and provision:
1. Resource Center Program

Genome information:
2. Information Center Program


1. Resource deposition and provision

The NBRP is revised every five years. The fifth phase of the NBRP, which started in FY2022, has so far seen the addition of the “aged mice” and “mushrooms” categories. At its core, the current NBRP consists of 33 categories of bioresources and one center that provides information on these resources. The importance and value of the bioresources established under this project are continuously being elevated by the addition of genomic resources and development of preservation technologies. In fact, several of our bioresource centers have been recognized as meeting the highest global standards.
I would like to emphasize a lesson we learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake: bioresources cannot be restored once they are lost. Since the 2011 disaster, we have developed a backup system that includes long-term cryopreservation of bioresources. however, the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020 necessitated restrictions to staff attendance, which put the maintenance and provision of bioresources at risk. To solve this problem, we are promoting a labor-saving approach to bioresource maintenance and the adoption of remote monitoring systems. We will continue to strive to maintain and provide bioresources even in the face of crises such as the current pandemic.

Value addition subprogram

Aims: To improve the quality and value of the bioresources.

Technology development subprogram

Aims: To develop new technologies, such as those that will enable the long-term preservation of bioresources.