Culture Collections:

The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), a global bioscience organization providing biological products, technical services, and educational programs. Collections: Recombinant Materials (Clones, Hosts, Libraries, I.M.A.G.E., Vectors, etc.), Bacteriology, Cell Culture, Fungi, Viruses, Seeds and more. Catalogs are searchable on-line. Also available the ATCC vector diagrams. Links to related sites and the ATCC workshop program.

Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-Organisms (BSSM) is a consortium of four complementary research-based culture collections financed by the Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs. Catalogues for fungi, bacteria and yeasts with search function. Ordering information for strains and plasmids, price lists, services offered. Collections for plasmids, bacteria, biomdeical fungi, yeasts. Newsletter, media formulation, yeast identification, deposit of biological material for patent purposes, links and addresses.

BioTech - Organisms and Strains, BioTech Resources Web Project, Indiana Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Indiana University, USA. A Guide to Germplasm Repositories and Culture Collections on the Internet. Animal and Plant (including algae) Stock Centers, Microorganisms and Fungi.

Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures (CCFC), Microbial Genetic Resources, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Branch, Canadian Microbial Genetic Resources Information System. Content: Introduction, Ordering Information, Interactive Searches. CCFC also include the Directory of Canadian Culture Collections. This Directory is also searchable. You can search the collection in several ways: Taxonomic, keyword, CCFC numbers, DAOM numbers, Accessions from other institutes, Links. Services also available in french.

Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures(CBS), Baarn & Delft, The Netherlands. One of the world's largest service and research collections of filamentous fungi and yeasts. The collection comprises about 35,000 strains. Available Information: About CBS, research, the collection, ordering of strains, searching the database, publications, other services of CBS (identification, contract research...), Fusarium database.

Collection of soil-borne fungi, Institute of Arable Crop Research (IACR), U.K. This collection was created by the Cereal Root Pathology Group. Therefore many of the isolates relate to the Gaeumannomyces-Phialophora complex of fungi. You can search the collection. Contact address.

European Bank of Glomales (BEG), server site located at the University of Kent, UK. European inititive on the systematics and taxonomy of the Glomales Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi - AMF). Beside the BEG culture collection database the BEG genetic archive is available with lists of sequences or PCR primers. Further available: Information on BEG, protocols, news, jobs and more.

Fungal Genetic Stock Center (FGSC), Department of Microbiology, Univiversity of Kansas Medical Center. The Fungal Genetics Stock Center is a resource available to the Fungal Genetics research community and to educational and research organizations in general. The FGSC is funded largely by the National Science Foundation of the United States of America and to a lesser extent by the payments made by researchers who use our services. Available Services: Collections of Neurospora, Aspergillus, Sordaria, and Fusarium & Nectria. Fungal Genetics Newsletter, gene libraries, Methods, recipes & hints, mailing list, Neurospora compendium, news, on-line order form.

German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ), Braunschweig, Germany. DSMZ is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition, characterization and identification, preservation and distribution of Bacteria, Archaea, fungi, plasmids, phages, human and animal cell lines, plant cell cultures and plant viruses. Available: Introduction, search the DSMZ database, Research. Collections: Strains (Microorganisms), Human and Animal Cell Lines, Plant Cell Lines, Plant Viruses. Scientific Services: Identification and Characterization, Deposit of Biological Material, Bacterial Nomenclature up-to-date.

Insect Collection, Ohio State University (OSU), Department of Entomology, College of Biological Sciences. Information on the collection, Hymenoptera information, Biodiversity and systematics.

Microbial Strain Data Network (MSDN), MSDN secretariat is based in Sheffield, UK. This server site is a joint innitiative between MSDN and the Base de Dados Tropical (BDT), based in Campinas, Brazil. Available: Catalogues & Strain Data, directories and further services at BDT. Catalogues (selected): Brazilian catalogues for microorganisms, Czech Bacteria, Catalogue Filamentous Fungi, Russia Bacteria, Slovenia Filamentous Fungi and many more.

Mycological Collections - MycoWeb (OSC), Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Online searchable and browsable information. Further available: Mycology Lab Page, history of the collection, database design.

Mycoteket - Culture Collection, catalogue of UPSC fungal culture collection located at the Botanical Museum in Uppsala, Uppsala University, Sweden

National Clonal Germplasm Repository - NCGR Temperate Fruit Genebank, Corvallis, Oregon, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. The Corvallis Repository maintains collections representing global diversity of hazelnuts, strawberries, hops, mint, pears, currants, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Cultivars (clones) are stored as growing plants, while wild species are generally preserved as seed.

National Entomological Collections, USNM, National Museum of National History, Smithsonian Institute, Department of Entomology. The collections include more than 30 million specimens. Available Information: World List of Insect Families, Types of "Neuropteroid" Orders at the USNM, Checklist of the Western Hemisphere Caraboidea (Coleoptera), Holdings of "Lepidoptera" and "Diptera" Species at the USNM.

Phabagen Collection (PC), Utrecht, The Netherlands. The collection contains bacterial mutants (mostly Escherichia coli and Agrobacterium tumefaciens), cloning vectors, plasmids, phages, transposons and gene libraries. Available Information: Up to date-ness, Reliability, Services (Deposits, Delivery of cultures, characterization, catalogues), price list.

UK Microbial Culture Collections, maintained by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), United Kingdom. National Collection of: Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF), Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (NCPPB), Wood Rotting Fungi (NCWRF), Food Bacteria (NCFB), Industrial & Marine Bacteria (NCIMB), Type Cultures (NCTC), and Yeast Cultures (NCYC). Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa (CCAP) and European Collection of Animal Cell Cultures (ECACC).

U.S. National Fungus Collections, Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory (SBML), Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, USA. The U.S. National Fungus Collections is a mycological institution that includes the world's largest herbarium of fungus specimens, together with technical reference literature and data files. Available: General information, origin of specimens, databases, history, service identification and selected achievements. The fungal databases include nomenclature, specimens, Saccardo Index, fungus-host distributions, literature, index of fungi and search all datasets.

USDA Nematode Collection, maintained by the Nematology Labaratory, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Plant Sciences Institute. Type Collection (over 1,500 species), General Collection, Mass Collection, Demonstration Collection (shows symptoms and effects of nematodes on hosts), Gerald Thorne Collection, and Steiner Mermithid Collection.

World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) provides a comprehensive directory of culture collecions, databases on microbes and cell lines, and the gateway to biodiversity, molecular biology and genome projects. 11 sections: A guide, directory culture collections worldwide (CCINFO 484: culture collections worldwide search; STRAIN: fungal and bacterial strains), catalogues of microbial strains, catalogues cells, antibodies & DNA clones, Biological Diversity, Biosafety, Molecular Biology Resources, Genome project, bibliography and publishers, other servers.

World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), a network of specialist microbiologists. The WFCC is a Multidisciplinary Commission of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and a Federation within the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). The WFCC is concerned with the collection, authentication, maintenance and distribution of cultures of microorganisms and cultured cells.Available Information: About WFCC, WFCC information document, congresses, mailing list. WFCC includes more than 400 culture collections.

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