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.
On Monday February 19, the event ‘IMPACT of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in industrial biotechnology – Towards a sustainable economy’ took place in Ghent, in the presence of Mr. Philippe Muyters (Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports).
An international training course on the in vitro culture of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on excised roots (root-organ culture techniques) and autotrophic plants will be organised at the laboratory of mycology hosting BCCM/MUCL. The trainees will have the opportunity to manipulate the organisms (i.e. roots, whole plants and fungi) during each phase of the establishment of an in vitro culture.
From 1st of January 2018 onwards, the BCCM/LMBP Plasmid Collection will officially be known as BCCM/GeneCorner.
Find out in the video what this means for you!
A BCCM training was organized end of September 2017. The training enabled participants to follow, during one week, a one-day seminar on management of a culture collection, legal issues and Information management, a 3-days hands-on training (major) on the handling and preservation of bacteria, cyanobacteria and fungi as well as a one-day demo (minor) for these 3 different organisms or a seminar on new developments in gene and plasmid technology.