The scope of the Philippine Mollusk Symbiont International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (PMS-ICBG) includes biodiversity, drug discovery, biofuels and basic research. The focus is on bacteria associated with mollusks in one of the world's hotspots of diversity, the Philippines.

The project aims to enhance conservation, research capability and economic development in the Philippines, while providing pharmaceutical and energy-related discoveries of worldwide value.

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