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Biotechnology occupies a growing place in industrialized countries. This place is mainly due to its importance in the fields of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Health. This only makes it more urgent for developing countries, where these areas are vital to acquire the necessary means to master this technology.
Tunisia has taken this step in the implementation of a Biotechnology plan. This plan has materialized among others the creation of the Center of Biotechnology of Sfax (CBS).
CBS was created by Decree No. 83-1037 of 4 November 1983, reorganizing the National Institute of Scientific and Technical Research. Since January 1989, CBS became an independent institution which budget is linked to the order of the state budget.
In January 2010, CBS changed from a Public Establishment for Administrative status "EPA" to a Public Establishment for Scientific and Technological status "EPST".
CBS is structured today in 7 research laboratories and a Specialized Unit under the 2015-2018 program contract:

  • LRCBS01: Laboratory of Environmental Bioprocesses (LBPE)
  • LRCBS02: Laboratory of  Biotechnology of Molecular Eukaryotes (LBME)
  • LRCBS03: Laboratory of Biotechnology and Plant Improvement (LBAP)
  • LRCBS04: Laboratory of  Biopesticides (LB)
  • LRCBS05: Laboratory of Microorganisms and Biomolecules (LMB)
  • LRCBS06: Laboratory  of Biotechnology of Microbial and Enzyme Engineering (LBMIE)
  • LRCBS07: Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular of Screening Processes (LPCMC)
  • US15CBS01: Specialized Unit: Research Valorization Results (UVRR)

Various other decrees and orders have lead CBS to its current structure:

  • Law No. 88-145 of 31 December 1988 Finance Act 1989, Article 119.
  • Decree No. 98-2411 of 30 November 1998 on the organization of Sfax Biotechnology Center.
  • Order of Primer Minister 10 December 1998 establishing research laboratories within the Center of Biotechnology of Sfax.
  • Order of the Minister of Scientific Research and Technology of 19 December 2001 on the establishment, composition and roles of the Administrative and the Scientific Council of Center of Biotechnology of Sfax.
  • Decree 2010-3483 of 21 December 2010 on the transformation of the status of two public institutions of scientific research.
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