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Type Cultures

Standard Microbial Cultures and animal cell lines are important  resources for researchers and students. Find some of the Sources of preservation centers for them in India and abroad.

Culture Collection Centers in India

No. Culture Collection Center Remarks Cultures Preserved
1 Anaerobic Bacterial Resource CenterDepartment of Plant Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Andhra PradeshTel: (91) 40-23134502E-mail:   [email protected] [email protected]   More than 210 bacterial strains are available.
2 Biological Nitrogen Fixation Project Colege of AgricultureCorrespondent: Prof. P. L. PatilPune 411005, Maharashtra, India    
3 Culture Collection, Department of Microbiology, Bose InstituteProf. A. K. Mishra93/1 Acharya Prafulla Chandra,Calcutta,West Bengal,700009, India    
4 Culture Collection, Microbiology and Cell Biology Laboratory InstitutionIndian Institute of ScienceCorrespondent:    Prof. G. Ramananda RaoAddress:        Bangalore,Karnatka,560012


  Bacteria 214Fungi      78Yeasts    43Cell lines: animal        10

Viruses: animal    3

Viruses: bacteria  11

5 Food and Fermentation Technology Division, University of MumbaiInstitution       Dept. of Chemical TechnologyCorrespondent     Assoc.Prof. P. R. KulkarniAddress:        Nathalal Parekh Marg,Mumbai, Maharashtra,400 019, India

Tel: (91) 22-4145616

Fax:        (91) 22-4145614

E-mail:   [email protected]

  Bacteria 35Fungi 20Yeasts 05Algae 03
6 Goa University Fungus Culture Collection and Research Unit Correspondent: Dr. Nandkumar Kamat, Department of Botany, Goa University, Taleigao, Goa,Goa,403206, IndiaTelephone: (91) 0832-6519349Telephone:   (91) 0832-423889629Fax:        (91) 0832-2451184

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


  Algae: 01Bacteria:        200Fungi:     1000Yeasts:   300

Archaea:        30


7 Indian Type Culture Collection, Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 110 012, IndiaCorrespondent: Dr. Prameeladevi T. Telephone: (91)-9871980304E-mail: [email protected]Web:   Total strains – 3800
8 Gujarat Biodiversity Genebank of GSBTM , GOGDr. Snehal Bagatharia  Sector Specialist – Agriculture Biotechnology [email protected] Direct line: +91 79 232 52165 Dr. Madhavi Joshi Sector Specialist – Pharma & Healthcare  [email protected] Direct Line: +91 79 232 52168   Main focus of GSBTM is to preserve the various microorganisms in pure form isolated from diverse environment and provide support to academic institutes and companies in the direction of microbial research by preserving their microorganism, by providing them microbial culture in pure form for research purpose and by providing the services for molecular identification of microbes.  
9 MACS Collection of Microorganisms  MACS-Aghargar Research InstituteCorrespondent: Prof. K. M. Paknikar G.G.Agarkar Road,Pune,,411 004Country  IndiaTelephone:   (91) 20-5654357

Telephone:   (91) 20-5653680

Fax:        (91) 20-5651542

E-mail:   [email protected]

  Bacteria – 256Fungi – 08
10 Marathwada Agricultural universityCollection of Insect Pathogens, Dept. of EntomologyCorrespondent: Prof. V. M. Pawar    
11 Microbial Culture CollectionNational Centre for Cell ScienceCorrespondent: Pro. Yogesh ShoucheUniversity of Pune Campus, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, Maharashtra, India Phone: +91-20-25708237, Fax:+91-20-25692259 E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


Free to Academic Culture Collections within networkExchange with Recognized culture collectionsFee of INR 700 for Academic Institutions (Freeze dried ampoules) and INR 2000 for industries Bacteria 135488Fungi 41
12 Microbial Type Culture Collection and Gene Bank
(MTCC) Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH)
Correspondent: Prof. Chakrabarti TapanSector 39-A, Chandigarh-160036 (India)

Phone (91-172) 263 66 80 to 94

Fax: (91-172) 269 05 85, 269 06 3

E.mail: [email protected]


The MTCC is a modern facility housed at the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh. The MTCC was recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland as an International Depository Authority (IDA) on 4 October, 2002, thus becoming the first IDA in India, seventh in Asia and thirty-fourth in the world. Bacteria 1124Fungi      1245Yeasts    575Plasmids       85


13 National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Kushmaur, P.B. No. 6, Kaithauli, Mau Nath Bhanjan 275 101 Uttar Pradesh, IndiaWeb: The NBAIM culture collection is recognized as National Repository by Biodiversity Authority of India.Cultures are available:for Research Organization and Academia : 400.00
for Industry : 5000.00
Bacteria, filamentous fungi, yeasts, Actinomycetes
14 National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune (NCCS) University of Pune Campus, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, Maharashtra, India Phone: +91-20-25708000 Fax:+91-20-25692259 Gram: ATCELLWeb: The National Centre for Cell Sciences, Pune (NCCS) was established as a National Repository of Animal Cell Culture with a mandate of basic research, teaching & training, and as a national repository for cell lines/ hybridomas etc. It also conducts manpower development in animal tissue culture through training  programmes / workshops and extends infrastructural facilities to researchers and institutions in biochemical sciences. Animal Cell Cultures
15 National Collection of Dairy Cultures National Dairy Research Institute (Karnal)D. M. Division, National Dairy Research Institute, ,KARNAL, Haryana, 132001,    IndiaTel: (91) 184-2259008Tel: (91) 184-2259198

Fax: (91) 184-2250042

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


  Bacteria 400Fungi      15Yeasts    20Dairy Starter Cultures 25


16 National Collection of Industrial MicroorganismsNational Chemical Laboratory (NCL) (CSIR)Correspondent     Assoc. Prof. D.V. GokhaleAddress:        Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pune, Maharashtra, 411 008, India

Tel: (91) 20-25902670

Tel: (91) 20-25902454

Fax:        (91) 20-25902671

E-mail:   [email protected]


  Algae     15Bacteria 1400Fungi      950Yeasts    600


17 National Facility for Marine CyanobacteriaBharatidasan UniversityCorrespondent     Prof. Lakshmanan UMAPostal Address     Palkalai Perur,Tiruchirappalli,Tamil Nadu,620 024, India

Telephone: (91) 431-2407084

Fax: (91) 431-2407084

E-mail:[email protected]

E-mail: [email protected]


18 National Fungal Culture Collection of IndiaMACS’ Agharkar Research InstituteCorrespondent:    Dr. Sanjay K. SinghAddress:        G.G. Agarakar Road, Pune, Maharashtra, 411004, India

Tel: (91) 20-25653680

Tel: (91) 20-25654357

Fax: (91) 20-25651542

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


Free to exchange with most recognized collection; MTCC, DSMZ, CBS, NBRC, USDA etc.Fee for Active culture: INR 300 to Non-Profit Organization (in India)Fee for Active culture: INR 1500 to Profit Organization (in India) Fungi 2800
19 NII Microbial Culture CollectionNIICC National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR) Correspondent:    Prof. Ashok PandeyAddress:        Industrial Estate, Pappanamcode, Trivandrum, Kerala, 695019, IndiaTel: (91) 471-2515276

Tel: (91) 471-2515279

Fax:        (91) 471-2491712

Fax:        (91) 471-2495949

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


Free to Free to Selected academic and teaching activitiesExchange with Exchange with Other WFCC collectionsFee for Fee for From US $ 75.00 Bacteria 294Fungi 78Yeast 07
20 North Maharashtra Microbial Culture Collection CentreInstitution       North Maharashtra UniversityCorrespondent     Assoc.Prof. Satish PatilAddress PB. 80, Umavi nagar, Jalgaon, Maharashtra,425001, India

Tel: (91) 257-2257421

Fax:        (91) 257-2258403

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]

21 VISVA-BHARATI CULTURE COLLECTION OF ALGAEVISVA-BHARATI CENTRAL UNIVERSITYCorrespondent     Prof. Jnanendra RathAddress:        Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, 731235, India

Tel: (91) 947-4766362

E-mail:   [email protected]

E-mail:   [email protected]


  Algae 50


Culture Collection Centers from World


Name of Organization

Available / Service Provided


Advanced Biotechnologies Inc
9108 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD-21046, USA
Tel: 901 792 9779; Fax: 301 497 9773
Purified viruses, viral proteins, viral and cellular nucleic acids. Also provide complete molecular biology services.


AFRC Institute of Arable Crops Research
Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, UK
Tel: 582 763133; Fax: 582 760981
National collections of yeast cultures and food bacteria.


Rua da Passagem 126 E 7 Andares CP 1823/1824, Rio de Janerio 22 290, Brazil
Tel: 21 295 9432
Supply plant cell lines.


Agriculture Canada
200 Rene-Levesqe Blvd W, East Tower Suite 1002-D, Montreal, Quebec, H2Z 1Y3, Canada
Tel: 514 285 8888; Fax: 514 283 3143
Collection of plant viruses infecting fruit trees and grapevines.


American Type Culture Collection – ATCC
12301 Parklawn Drive, Rockville,  MD-20852-1776, USA, PO Box 1549, Manassas, Virginia, 20108 1549, USA
Tel: 301 881 2600; Fax: 301 231 5826
Diverse culture collection of over 42000 different authentic strains of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, algae, protozoa, viruses, cell lines, plant tissues, actinomycetes. Recombinant DNA material, antisera etc.


Aqua-Tek GmbH
Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 54, Berlin 12, D-1000, Germany
Tel: 30 324 7006; Fax: 30 324 0885
Supply cultures for the production of cells, cell fractions and monoclonal antibodies.


Australian National Reference Laboratory in Medical Mycology
The Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney, Pacific Highway, St Leonards, Sydney, NSW 2065, Australia
Collection of algae, fungi, yeasts and aerobic actinomycetes for medical mycology research.


Bacterial Culture Collection
Institute Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, Antwerpen, B-2000, Belgium
Tel: 2 375 24 00
Collection of bacterial cultures for medical microbiology.


BCZ-Friesland BV
Baljeestraat 12, Postbus 396, BD Leeuwarden, NL-8901, The Netherlands
Tel: 58 449444; Fax: 58 449449
Supply bacterial starter cultures for biodegradation of organic compounds.


Biocarbolyte Corp
809 Princess St, Alexandria, Virginia, VA-22314-2223, USA
Tel: 703 739 0427
Produce microbial cultures for treating waste organics. Also have Bacillus thuringensis strains.


Biologische Bundesanstalt fur Land- und Forstwiwrtschaft – BBA
Institut fur Pflanzenschutz im Forest, Messeweg 11-12, Braunschweig, D-3300, Germany
Tel: 531 399-1; Fax: 531 399 239
Fungi for forest mycology research. Offer services for fungal identification.


6 rue Barbes – BP 177, Lavallosis-Perret, F-92305, France
Tel: 1 47 57 74 00
Produce cultures of microorganisms and lactic cultures.


Bioscience Inc
1530 Valley Centre Parkway, Suite 120, Bethlehem, PA-18017, USA
Tel: 215 974 9693
Environmental Biotechnology firm – develop, manufacture and market specialised microorganisms for pollution control.


Canadian Collection of Fungus Cultures
Room 1015, D W Neatby Building CEF, Ottwa, Ontario, K1A OC6, Canada
Tel: 613 996 665; Fax: 613 943 0953
Fungi collection for agricultural and forest microbiology research.


The CB Rhizobium Collection
CSIRO Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures, 306 Carmody Road, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland, SA 5-64, Australia
Tel: 8 799 681; Fax: 8 267 7342
Rhizobium collection of tropical crop and pasture legumes for agricultural microbiology research.


Central Laboratories
Jaffa Street 86, Jerusalem, Israel
Cultures of bacteria and bacterioviruses for medical microbiology research.


Central Laboratory Collection
P.O. Box 9000 Terminal A, Toronto, Ontario, M5W 1R5, Canada
Tel: 416 235 5705; Fax: 416 235 5951
Cultures for bacteria for medical microbiology research and teaching.


Centro di Virologia
Circonvallazione Gianicolense 85, Roma, Italy
Culture collection of tissue cultures for medical microbiology.


Chiba University
1-8-1 Inohana, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken 280, Japan
Hold culture collections as a part of Japanese Federation of Culture Collections containing bacterial and fungal cultures for medical microbiological research.


Coricell Institute for Medical Research
401 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
Human genetic


CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
P.O. Box 1600, Canberra, Act 2601, Australia
Tel: 62 46 4911; Fax: 62 47 3785
Collection of Rhizobium cultures.


CSIRO Marine Laboratories
Castray Esplanade, Hobart, tasmania 7001, Australia
Tel: 02 20 6222; Fax: 02 24 0530
Collection of algae, mainly marine micro-algae.


Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP)
Institute of Freshwater Ecology, The Windermere Laboratory, Far Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 OLP, UK
Tel: 5394 42468; Fax: 5395 46914
Supply cultures of freshwater and terrestrial microalgae, cyanobacteria, free-living protozoa, parasitic protozoa (non-pathogenic) which can be maintained in vitro. An International depository authority under article 7 of the Budapest treaty.


Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa
Dunstaffnage Marine laboratory, P.O. Box 3, Oben, Argyll, PA34 4AD, UK
Tel: 631 622 44; Fax: 631 655 18
The marine section of CCAP. Collection of marine algae, protozoa, rotifera.


DSM-Deutsche Sammlung Von Mikro-organismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ)
Mascheroder Weg 1b, D-38124 Braunschweig, Germany.


European Collections of Animal Cell Cultures
PHLS Centre for Applied Microbiology, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JG, UK
Tel: 980 610391; Fax: 980 611315
Recognized under the Budapest Treaty as a culture depository for patent procedure.


European Collection of Animal Cell Cultures (ECACC), Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 OJG, UK


75 quai d’Orsay, Paris, F75007, France
Tel: 1 45 55 44 30
Produce and market lactic acid fermenting organisms.


Fungal Genetics Stock Center
Neurospora, Aspergillus et autres champignons. (Seqnet, Daresbury, UK, site miroir de FGSC, Kansas, US)


Human Genetic Mutant Cell Repository
Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Copewood & Davis Sts, Camden, NJ-08103, USA
Tel: 609 966 7377
Cell cultures from individuals with genetic abnormalities. Sponsored by National Institute of Health, US.


Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre, UK MRC,
BAC, YAC, cDNA, cosmides


Instituto Biologico, Rodovia Heitor Penteado, km 4, CP 70 Campinas 13 100 Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Culture Collection of Agricultural Microbiology.


Institute for Microbial Resources
Kudankita 1-9-5-1209, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102, Japan
Cultures for bacteria, yeasts and fungi, hydrocarbon utilizers, radio-resistants, brewing yeast etc.


Interlab Cell Line Collection,
CBA: Centro di Biotecnologie Avanzate
General /human genetic/HLA defined


Institute for Fermentation Osaka
17-85 Juso-Honmachi 2-Chome, Yodogawa-Ku, Osaka 532, Japan


Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Rockefeller University.
The Lancefield – Streptococcus Collection


Microbial Germplasm Database (Oregon, USA)
Algae, Bacteria, viruses etc.


National Collection of Food bacteria
AFRC Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Early Gate, Whiteknights Road, Reading, RG6 2EF, UK
Tel: 734 357000
Collection of over 3000 bacterial culturs with special emphasis on food, dairy, beverage and related products.


The National Collection of Industrial and Marine Bacteria Ltd.
23 St Machar Drive, Aberdeen, UK
Tel: 224 273 332; Fax: 224 487 658
Collection of over 5000 strains including those which are genetically engineered. Recognized as an international depository authority under Budapest Treaty for patent strains.


National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi
PHLS Mycological Reference Laboratory, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HT, UK
Tel: 81 200 4400; Fax: 81 205 6528
Identification of and safe deposit of fungi pathogenic to man and animals.


National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria
MAFF Central science Laboratory, Hatching green, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2BD, UK
Tel: 582 715 241; Fax: 582 762 178
Maintains over 3500 strains of plant pathogenic bacteria.


National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC)
Central Public Health Laboratory, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HT, UK
Tel: 81 200 4400; Fax: 81 200 7874
Maintains reference culture collection of pathogenic bacteria, mycoplasmas and plasmids. Recognized as an international depository authority for patent strains under the Budapest Treaty.


National Culture Collection of Microorganisms – CNCM
Institut Pasteur, 28 rue du Dr Roux, Paris Cedex 15, F-75724, France
Tel: 306 19 19
Culture collection for bacteria, viruses, actinomycetes, yeasts, fungi, plasmid containing bacteria.
NIAES Cultures of the Microbial Division, Natioanl Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Yatabe, Ibaraki, Japan
NIAH National Institute of Animal Health, Ibaraki, Japan


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – NIAID
Room 7 A-03 Wetwood Bldg, Bethesda, MD-20205, USA
Tel: 301 496 7985
Source of viruses, mycoplasma, allergic extracts and antisera against human immunoglobulins, viruses and mycoplasma.
NIBH National Institute of Biosciences and Human-Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8566, Japan
NIHJ National Institute of Health, Tokyo, Japan.


NCS Diagnostics Inc
130 Matheson Blvd East, Suite 2 Mississauga, Ontario, L4Z 1Y6, Canada
Tel: 416 890 0177
Agent for American Type Culture collection.
NRIC NODAI Research Institute Culture Collection, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Sakuragaoka 1-1-1, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-8502, Japan


NRRL/ARS Culture Collection
1815 North University Street, Peoria, IL-61604, USA
Tel: 309 685 4011; Fax: 309 671 7814
Culture collection and patent depository for strains of agriculturally and industrially important bacteria, yeasts, moulds and actinomycetes.
NUM Department of Microbiology, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Matsudo, Chiba 271, Japan.


Oregon Collection of Methanogens. (Department of
Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, Portland, US)
Collection de microorganisms – anaerobes.


Pasteur Culture Collection of Cyanobacterial Strains
Institut Pasteur, 24 rue du Docteur Roux, Paris Cedex 15, F-75724< France
Collection of cyanobacteria for general microbiological research.


Riken Gene Bank
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba Science City 305, Iboraki, Japan.


Plant Science Ltd
University of Sheffield, Fifth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK
Tel: 742 722922; Fax: 742 727949
Plant Cell Culture Bank, available for screening by pharmaceutical and agrochemical industry for chemicals or for biotransformations.


Servizio Biotechnologie, Instituto Nazationale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, L.go R Benzi 10, 16132 Genova, Italy


VTT Collection of Industrial Microorganisms
Biotech Lab Tech Research Centre of Finland, Tietotie 2, Espoo, SF-02150, Finland
Tel: 0 4561
Culture collection of bacteria, fungi, yeasts for industrial microbiology and biotechnology research.


World Federation for Culture Collections.(Japan)
Collection, authentification, maintenance and distribution of cultures of microorganisms


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