Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms

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The Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Micro-organisms (BCCM) is a Belgian government funded consortium of four scientific institutions, who manage and exploit a collection of fungi, bacteria and plasmids. The consortium manages a collection of 47,500 strains of bacteria, filamentous and yeast fungi and 950 plasmids.


The BCCM was founded in 1983 by combining the mycological collections of the Mycology Laboratory of the Scientific Institute of Public Health (BCCM/IHEM) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (BCCM/MUCL) with the bacterial collection of the Laboratory for Microbiology of the Faculty of Sciences of Ghent University (BCCM/LMG). In 1990 the plasmid collection of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Ghent University was added to the consortium (BCCM/LMBP).

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