Developing standards for a global biological resource centre network


Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA)

Dr Vanderlei Perez Canhos
Rua Romeu Tórtima, 388, Barão Geraldo. 13084-791, Campinas, SP, Brazil
Tel: +55-19-3288-0466
Fax: +55-19-3249-0960

E-mail: vcanhos(at)

The Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT) is funding a capacity building program to enhance the infrastructure of biological collections, associated with the implementation of quality management procedures in selected microbial service collections that are candidates to the status of Biological Resource Centres. The Brazilian strategy is focused on the consolidation of a distributed network of selected centres aiming at the provision of a wide range of quality biological materials, information and specialized services. The network information system (SICol) is being developed by CRIA with the adoption of internationally agreed standards and protocols to allow the dynamic access to the Brazilian Virtual Catalogue of Biological Materials, and support the implementation of quality management procedures in selected collections.

BCCM, Belgian Science Policy

Mrs Marleen Bosschaerts, General Manager
Philippe Desmeth, Manager International Cooperation
Federal Public Planning Service - Science Policy
Rue de la Science, 8 Wetenschapsstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 23 83 462

E-mail: maria-helena.BOSSCHAERTS(at)
Website address:,

The Belgian input in the GBRCN demonstration project will come from two closely related initiatives, launched and supported by the Belgian Science Policy: the BCCM network ‘Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms’ and the ‘ bioportal’.

These two synergetic BELSPO programmes represent two inseparable parts of the Belgian scientific contribution to BRC network development: respectively the biological resources pole and the ICT pole.

The BCCM coordination cell of the Belgian Science Policy will represent the five activenodes involved in the GBRCN:

- BCCM/IHEM : biomedical fungi and yeasts collection

- BCCM/LMBP: plasmid collection

- BCCM/LMG: bacteria collection

- BCCM/MUCL: agro-industrial fungi and yeasts collection


Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures

Ms. Carolyn Babcock
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Rm. 1015 K.W. Neatby Building Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0C6, Canada

E-mail: babcockc(at)

The participation of Canada in this project is anticipated following a commissioned report on Biological Resource Centres in Canada carried out in 2007. The report has been well received but a plan for its implementation is yet to be agreed. A national network will be established that will implement OECD best practice and in particular implement biosecurity practices to deliver a secure network with secure access to biological resources.

Agricultural Culture Collection of China, ACCC

Dr Jingang Gu
The Institute of Agricultural Resources and Planning of CAAS.
Zhongguancun, South Street, 12th Haidian, Beijing 100081

Tel: 86-10-82108651-618
Fax: 86-10-82108636

E-mail: [email protected]; accc(at)

ACCC is partner in a Chinese Biodiversity Project and links to the Chinese Network of Culture Collections.

CGMCC (China General Microorganisms Culture Collection)

Dr Juncai Ma
Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Science (IMCAS)
No.3 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China  
Tel: 86-10-64807422
Fax: 86-10-64807426

E-mail: ma(at)

IMCAS will cooperate with this project and provide its information and strain material through GBRCN. IMCAS also cooperates with the other 12 Asian BRCs to create the Asian BRC Network which will promote management and quality of BRCs in Asian countries.

VTT Culture Collection

Dr. Erna Storgårds
P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Espoo , Finland
Tel: +358-20-722 4526
Fax: +358-20-722 7071

E-mail: erna.storgards(at)
Website address:

VTT Culture Collection will contribute to work packages 2, 3, 4 and 5 as outlined in the proposal.

Centre de Ressources Biologiques de l’Institut Pasteur (CRBIP)

Dr Chantal Bizet
25-28, rue du Docteur Roux, 75724 Paris, France

E-mail : bizet(at)
Website address:

CRBIP will act as a partner in the project by contributing to work packages.

Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ)

Dr Dagmar Fritze
Inhoffenstrasse 7B, D-38124 , Braunschweig, Germany
Tel: +49-531-2616-0
Fax: +49-351-2616-418

E-mail: dfr(at)
Website adress:

DSMZ has the role of principal partner vis-a-vis the German Ministry and provides one member of staff to work in the secretariat. Support will be provided in all work packages. Dagmar Fritze as President of the European Culture Collections Organisation will provide linkage to the ECCO Board and its membership. Erko Stackebrandt as past coordinator of the European Biological Resource Centres Network will provide linkage to CABRI.

IST-National Institute for Cancer Research

Dr Barbara Parodi
L.go R. Benzi, 10, 16132 Genoa – Italy
Tel: +39 010 5737474

E-mail: barbara.parodi(at)

ICLC will act as a partner in the project by contributing to work packages where linkages can be found through existing projects and via the European Culture Collection Organisation, World Federation for Culture Collections and BBMRI, creating a link to human derived material BRC networking.

NITE Biological Resource Center (NBRC)

Dr Ken-ichiro Suzuki
Department of Biotechnology
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
2-5-8, Kazusakamatari, Kisarazu, Chiba     292-0818, Japan

E-mail: suzuki-ken-ichiro(at)

The NITE BRC contributes to the project in all work packages.

World Data Centre of Microorganisms (WDCM)

Dr Hideaki Sugawara
National Institute of Genetics
1111 Yata, Mishima, Shizuoka 411-8540 Japan

E-mail: hsugawar(at)

WDCM will maintain and update the database of CCINFO that covers 547 culture collections in 68 (as of March 7, 2022) and be the hub of microbial information resources including the international nucleotide sequence databases of DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank (

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Institute for Biotechnology Research

Dr Hamadi Iddi Boga
Associate Professor, Microbial Ecology
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
Institute for Biotechnology Research and Botany/ Microbiology Department
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +25 46752711
M: +25 4733926733

E-mail: hamadiboga(at)
Website address:

JKUAT will contribute to an African workshop and will support the activities of the Network through sharing of information and materials.

Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (KNAW-CBS)

Dr Joost Stalpers
Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures
P.O. Box 85167, NL‑3508 AD UTRECHT, The Netherlands
(visiting address: Uppsalalaan 8, 3584 CT Utrecht)
Tel +31‑30-2122638
Fax +31‑30-2512097

Email j.stalpers(at)
Website address:

CBS will act as a partner in the project by contributing to work packages where linkages can be found through existing projects such as the EU FP7 EMbaRC project.

Universidade do Minho – Micoteca da Universidade do Minho (UMinho-MUM)

Universidade do Minho - Micoteca da Universidade do Minho (UMinho-MUM)
Dr Nelson Lima
Micoteca da Universidade do Minho, Engenharia Biologica, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057
Braga, Portugal
Tel: +351 253604403
Fax: +351 253678986

E-mail: micoteca(at)

MUM will contribute to WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP5. Additionally, MUM with CECT-Spain will organise a joint regional seminar in the 1st half-year of 2009.

CECT, Spain

Dr Esperanza Garay
Coleccion Espanola de Cultivos Tipo, Universidad de Valencia, Edificio de Investigacion, Campus de Burjasot, 46100 Burjasot (Valencia), Spain
Tel: +34 963544612
Fax: +34 963543187
E-mail: cect(at)
Website address:

CECT will contribute in WPs 2, 3, 4 and 5, and will organize a joint regional seminar together with the Univ. do Minho.

Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

Dr Denis K. Byarugaba
Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Makerere University
P.O.Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
Tel. +256 414531169 / +256 752534272  
Fax: +256 414531173

E-mail: dkb(at)

Makerere University will contribute to an African workshop and initiate networks of culture collection in the region and cooperate with the network members in implementing selected work packages.

CAB International – CABI

Dr David Smith,
CABI Europe UK,Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey
TW20 9TY, UK
Tel: +44-1491-829046
Fax: +44-1491-829100

E-mail: d.smith(at)
Website address:,

CABI provides one member of staff to work in the secretariat; input is provided in all workpackages as described in the proposal. David Smith as President of the World Federation for Culture Collections will provide linkage to the WFCC Executive Board and its membership whose contribution will be to support capacity building and input to development documentation, procedures and policies.