Candida auris has become a subject of increasing interest in the medical community worldwide. This emerging pathogen with a high potential for multidrug resistance has the ability to spread easily from one patient to another, making it difficult to treat or eradicate. Several hospital outbreaks have already been reported in South Asia, Europe and South America.
The correct preservation of micro-organisms is of the utmost importance. Culture collections are experts in the preservation and safekeeping of biological material. They use the most adequate method for each material type.
The BCCM consortium organizes its third hands-on training on preservation of micro-organisms (cyanobacteria, diatoms and (myco)bacteria), a seminar on management of a culture collection, and a seminar on gene technology.
Two educational kits are now available at BCCM/DCG:
Teaching set 'Start to grow', includes 2 strains (2 different species), 1 L medium and plasticware to start
Teaching set 'Morphology', consists of 8 strains (8 different species) and 1 L medium
These sets are curently only available for schools in Belgium.
Prices for kits and other specific services can be found at our price list.
This 5-day course is organized in Brussels by BCCM/IHEM and introduces you to the mycology of the indoor and outdoor environment. Participants will observe over 80 different species, covering the largest part of the commonly encountered fungal diversity. For more information, click here.
- 13 - 17 May 2019: course given in French
- 21 - 25 October 2019: course given in Dutch
- 16 - 20 March 2020: course given in English
The preservation of biological material is of primary interest for research but also for industrial applications. It is the mission of the BCCM consortium not only to preserve, but also to offer quality controlled, characterised and documented biological material. BCCM also offers its expertise through services and partnership projects.
Since the 1st of April 2018, the BCCM/IHEM fungi collection is housed by Sciensano . This new federal institute was created from the merge between the former host institute, the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), and the Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre (CODA-CERVA). Practically, there is no change in the management and functioning of BCCM/IHEM. It is rather the opportunity to reinforce its veterinary sub-collection and services.