The microbial world represents one of the largest untapped genetic resources in biodiversity which produce biologically and chemically unique yet diverse natural product compounds for drug discoveries. Sarawak, known for its rich flora and fauna, is anticipated to have rich microbial diversity.
The Microbiology Laboratory focuses on the isolation and identification of microorganisms from the Sarawak rainforest ecosystem, particularly actinobacteria and fungi, for their potential industrial, healthcare, or agricultural application. All microbial extracts are deposited into SBC Natural Product Library.
SBC's in-house anti-microbial screening showed that the extracts from these diverse microbial cultures exhibited specific and broad-spectrum activity, which makes the extracts ideal as starting points for the discovery of new antibiotics.