- Hosting Legal Entity
- Belgian Science Policy Office
- Type Of RI
- Louise Avenue 231, Brussels, PO: 1050 (Belgium), Belgium
- Coordinating Country
- Life Cycle Status
- Operational since 1983
- Mission and objective
- The Belgian Co-Ordinated Collections Of Micro-Organisms (BCCM) consortium is one of the most important research infrastructures for culture collections in the world, both in terms of the size and quality of the collections (bacteria, yeasts, molds, diatoms, and plasmids and DNA libraries), and its expertise. Not only does BCCM keep more than 64,000 quality controlled, characterised and documented units of biological material, but it also offers its expertise through services and partnership projects.The BCCM consortium is composed of 7 decentralised culture collections that are coordinated by a central team at the Belgian Science Policy Office. Each collection is part of a binomial with its host laboratory. The close cooperation between the two partners leads to an optimal balance between research and conservation activities.Moreover, the cooperation between the collections leads to the exchange and implementation of best practices for the conservation of microbial genetic resources and the harmonised application of international standards and regulations in microbiology.The BCCM collections study and conserve the biodiversity and contribute to research, development and innovation activities in biotechnology and life sciences. Accession, control, preservation, storage and supply of biological material and related information is ISO9001 certified in the frame of public deposits, safe deposits and patent deposits.
- RI Keywords
- Culture collection,Microbiological biodiversity,Patent deposits,Genetic resources
- RI Category
- Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
- Scientific Domain
- Biological and Medical Sciences
- Access WebPage
Laboratories to handle and study cultures of biohazard groups 1, 2 and 3, including quarantine and other pest organisms.
By freeze-drying or by cryopreservation at ultra-low temperatures.
Rooms with limited access for storage of the master- and distribution stocks under controlled conditions. rooms at different sites for maintaining back-up collections.
Deposit of material in public, safe or patent collection. Supply in accordance with international regulations.
Training in general collection management, taxonomy, identification and preservation of micro-organisms.
Specialist services in microbiology.
Isolation, identification, characterisation of microbiological material. susceptibility testing. bioassays. plasmid profile analysis. sequence analysis of non-characterized plasmids. cloning on demand.