Lactarius stubbei Wisitrassameewong & Verbeken was named in honour of Dirk Stubbe, the assistant curator of BCCM/IHEM. He discovered this new species during a biological expedition in a rainforest reserve in Malaysia. The collected specimens were studied and described by mycologists of the Mycology Research Group of the Ghent University. The mushroom has a reddish brown cap, distant gills and a brownish pink stipe. It has a sweet smell and when damaged, it exudes a white latex that turns yellow.
The TDR bank is by far the most extensive and well-characterized collection of TB strains anywhere in the world today. We are proud that this resource has been entrusted to us.
Dr Leen Rigouts, manager of the BCCM/ITM public collection of mycobacterial strains
Only 2 Europeans receive this distinction
Since 2005, the multi-site quality management system of BCCM is certified as meeting the requirements of the international ISO 9001 standard. In May 2013, BCCM received the annual audit of the external certification body (SGS) and succeeded in the maintenance of the certification ISO 9001 covering the eight entities of the consortium (see the BCCM certificate). This certification attests the effectiveness of the quality management system in place and the spirit of continuous improvement of BCCM.
For more than 30 years, Danielle Janssens was the BRC manager at the BCCM/LMG bacteria collection. She started in 1982, with the late Prof. De Ley as first director of the collection and since then she occupied a pivotal position for the collection under the consecutive promoter-directorships of Prof. Karel Kersters, Prof. Jean Swings and presently Prof. Paul De Vos.
It is clear that her national as well as international engagements were of upmost importance in underpinning the fundamentals and the present success and importance of the BCCM/LMG bacteria collection.
In addition to the supply of bacteria in freeze-dried form, in frozen form, or as active cultures, BCCM/LMG also provides high quality genomic DNA from any publicly available strain on request. Genomic DNA is obtained using a protocol that includes at least two chloroform extraction steps. Quality control is performed spectrophotometrically and by agarose gel electrophoresis. A minimum amount of 2,5 µg of high molecular mass (average length over 10 kbp) genomic DNA with an A260nm/A280nm ratio of 1.7-2.2 is guaranteed to the customer.
COMING SOON !!!
The BCCM/IHEM fungal collection launches its new 'Arrayed Sets'. This special format allows to order up to 48 strains in a single handy container at a special price. More details will be available from October 2013.