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.

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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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