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 catalogue.

  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 in 2001.

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