Austrian Institute Of Technology PICME


PICME Lab Work

Mission Statement

After the genomics area, functional and comparative genome analysis will be the most interesting field of research for the upcoming years. With the emergence of huge data sets on ESTs (expressed sequence tags) on various plant species, we will be facing the problem on how to work with these decentralised resources.

With PICME (Platform for integrated clone management) the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH is establishing an EST repository for the forestry and plant genomics community. Sequence characterised cDNA fragments from various species (populus, ipomoea, quercus, pinus) produced by collaborating institutes and consortia are collected and made accessible to the scientific community as tailor made DNA chips. The mission of Picme is to integrate plant genomic research by opening up EST resources to a wider public. A centralised EST repository will ease global knowledge generation as well as know how and technology transfer to less developed countries by providing standardised and quality assured material.

Our goal is to offer a microarray spotting service to the scientific community, which makes possible the access to a wide range of ESTs available from one single location. An automated storage system allows reliable single clone management thus offering necessary logistics for long time storage of biological material. Picme will implement efficient mechanisms which allow secure submission and handling of material as well as different confidentiality and security levels.

We are looking for co-operation partners willing to offer their valuable resources to the scientific community, by adding them to our EST-warehouse

To summarise, we

  • undergo the investment of clone purification and storage for material generated in research programs
  • apply quality management to all clones and associated data in the PICME database under strict standards
  • provide researchers with standardised high quality microarrays available via online ordering
  • offer our associated data bases for bioinformatics services

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Eva Maria Sehr
Health & Environment Dep.
3430 Tulln

T: +43 50550-3651
M: +43 664 88390651
F: +43 50550-3666

Michael Stierschneider
Health & Environment Dep.
3430 Tulln

T: +43 50550-3559
M: +43 664 6207765
F: +43 50550-3677


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