Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lab activities at BCCM are limited to minimal maintenance and security activities. Deposit, distribution and analyses may be handled with severe delays. However, all BCCM collections remain at your disposal for support.
Our colleagues at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal), have one position available for a Research Post-Doctoral grant.
Purpose of the grant is to find a Project and Financial Officer for IS_MIRRI21: "The Implementation & Sustainability of Microbial
Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century”.
Will BCCM/LMG bacteria meet Mars?
By Jindrich Peiren (BCCM/LMG) & Rob Van Houdt (SCK·CEN)
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 fourth hands-on training on preservation of micro-organisms (cyanobacteria, diatoms and (myco)bacteria and fungi) and a seminar on management of a culture collection.
All industrials, scientists and students who aim to develop their skills in micro-organism handling and preservation are invited to join the training.
Escherichia coli B BL21 and its derivatives has been used for a long time for bacterial protein expression. Until now, they were commercially available at commercial prices. From now on, three E. coli BL21 strains are available via BCCM/GeneCorner at non-profit prices!
Escherichia coli B BL21(DE3) (LMBP 1455) is a production strain for IPTG induced T7 driven protein expression.
BCCM published a review in Applied and Environmental Microbiology to compile and highlight the roles of microbial resource centers and to plea for an enhanced deposit of microbial strains and genetic materials.
Ghent University has a strong tradition in biotechnological conversion of resources, both from agricultural and industrial origin, to high-value products. A new IOF (Interdisciplinary Research Fund) valorisation consortium, entitled "Biomolecules", will be a business development center that bundles complementary research groups from several expertise domains: