|China General Microbiological
Culture Collection Center (CGMCC)
|Associate Prof. Zhou Yuguang
Main function of CGMCC: The China General Microbiological
Culture Collection Center (CGMCC) is a nonprofit organization financed
by the Chinese Government. As a central culture collection in the
cooperative network of various collections in China, the CGMCC is
providing its services as a national culture collection. The main
functions of the CGMCC are as follows:
1. To collect, maintain and preserve microorganisms as well as other
biological materials frelated to applied biology, microbiology, biotechnology
and other areas of research.
2. To supply and exchange cultures of microorganisms listed in CGMCC
3. To act as a center for the safe deposit of biological material
and the deposit of biological material for patent purposes upon request
in China and abroad under national law and the Budapest Treaty.
Scientific services provided by the CGMCC
1. Identification and characterization of microorganisms.
2. Deposit of microorganisms including deposit in the general collection;
safe deposit; deposit of biological material for patent purpose.
3. To provide various services on safe deposit, quality control,
scientific consultation and training services.
4. To provide various bio-information services on microorganisms
through the catalogue published and databases on-line.
Research Activities: In the CGMCC, the research
activities focus on collection related fields including microbial
taxonomy and identification; isolation and classification; biodiversity
studies and development of preservation methods for biological material.
The CGMCC collaborates with other national or international research
groups in the fields of characterization and identification of microorganisms.
At present, it has more than 14500 strains of bacteria, yeasts and
filamentous fungi which are maintained under biological stable conditions
(962 strains, among them there are 145 cultures for the patent purpose,
were collected in 2001). The CGMCC continues to endeavor to supply
biological research organizations with guaranteed top-quality microorganisms,
with some 6000 strains being distributed to domestic and foreign researchers