National Institute for Basic Biology
NIBB uses model organisms (i.e. animals and plants), new model organisms as well as non-model organisms to help understand the adaptation strategies of a diverse range of beings within our environment. We collaborate with researchers, both domestically and internationally, to find the mechanisms that enable diversity, allow living beings to adapt to their environment and are common and fundamental among to all living entities. To this end, the NIBB Bioresource Center, the NIBB Core Research Facilities and the NIBB Center for the Development of New Model Organisms have been established along with a nationwide research support system that enables individual researchers to assist in the rearing of high-quality experimental organisms and the application of sophisticated and accurate analysis. In addition to this, we are also active as the central hub of the Inter-University Bio-Backup Project (IBBP Center), which is aimed at preventing the loss of valuable biological genetic resources caused by natural disasters.
Kiyokazu Agata, Director General of the National Institute for Basic Biology.