Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental (CRIA)
Dr Vanderlei Perez Canhos
Rua Romeu Tórtima, 388, Barão Geraldo. 13084-791, Campinas, SP, Brazil
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
Website address: http://bccm.belspo.be, http://www.strainInfo.net
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 ‘StrainInfo.net 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
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
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; accc(at)caas.ac.cn
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
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
Website address: http://culturecollection.vtt.fi
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)
CRBIP will act as a partner in the project by contributing to work packages.
Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ)
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
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
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
WDCM will maintain and update the database of CCINFO that covers 547 culture collections in 68 (as of March 7, 2009) and be the hub of microbial information resources including the international nucleotide sequence databases of DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank (http://www.insdc.org/).
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
Tel: +25 46752711
M: +25 4733926733
Website address: http://www.jkuat.ac.ke
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)
Website address: http://www.cbs.knaw.nl
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
Tel: +351 253604403
Fax: +351 253678986
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.
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
Website address: http://www.cect.org
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
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
Website address: http://www.cabi.org, http://www.ukncc.co.uk
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.