The management of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) had said that its Biotechnology Center has so far contributed nineteen novel bacteria strains to the World Genomic Bank.
The Director, Institute of Molecular Science and Biotechnology (IMSB), Prof. Matthew Kolawole, disclosed in the 2018 Annual Report of Scientific Breakthroughs of the institution on Monday.
He explained that nineteen novel biofloculating bacterial strains, which were isolated, had been submitted to the world genomic bank which is also known as the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NVBI), USA.
According to Prof. Kolawole, the development led to the issuance of the NCBI’s unique ascension numbers to the institute which was reported for the first time across the world. He said the importance of the discovery might not be fully appreciated until it was juxtaposed with the water needs of Nigeria.
Kolawole quoted the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), a saying that over 70 million Nigerian are without potable water. He added by saying that Nigeria requires $8billion per annum to provide potable water for its citizens.
“The discovery of these strains and local production of water treatment composite materials which IMSB has been pioneering in the last one year moves us closer to solving the massive shortage of potable water.
“This outstanding feat has further cemented the institute’s goal of contributing to the Genomic Bank,” Kolawole stated.
Kolawole also said that the institution recorded a significant breakthrough in biotechnological innovation, with the development of a “Two-way Trans-illuminator Viewing Documentation System.
Other scientific breakthroughs attained by the university in 2018, are the isolation of Molecular Identification and Evaluation of Bioflocculant-producing Bacteria from Oyun, Asa and Agba Rivers in Ilorin.