BCCM @ EFIB 2015


From 27th till 29th of October, The European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy took take place in Brussels.

EFIB is THE market leading annual event in Europe for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy, where delegates are provided with an update on the status and outlook of biobased industries.

A BCCM booth was present!

The meeting of 2016 will take place in Glasgow.

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BCCM celebrates the go-live of a common 'Laboratory Information Management System' (LIMS)


Some time ago, BCCM decided to switch to a common IT- platform to support and centralize the daily internal operations of the different entities belonging to the BCCM consortium.
Siemens was selected as the partner for the implementation.
Unilab LIMS integrates both the administrative data (client database, customer orders, stock, delivery notes, ...) and the scientific data (strain information, performed analyses,...) and supports the ISO 9001 quality system.

BCCM has become observer member of GGBN


The BCCM consortium has joined the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) as observer member. The GGBN is a global network of well-managed collections of genomic tissue samples from across the Tree of Life, benefiting society through biodiversity research, development and conservation. The BCCM collections  offer their microbial strains also as genomic DNA samples, and want to share their experiences with  other colleagues in the genomics field.

Confirmation of ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION


In May 2015 AIB Vinçotte has audited the quality management system (QMS) of the BCCM consortium.  The auditors found the QMS well understood, applied and developed by all staff members. They praised the way that BCCM declines its general objectives into well defined activities that are regularly followed up. They did not detect any non-conformity, but they have proposed 12 opportunities for further improvement of the QMS. As a result, the ISO 9001:2008 certificate was prolonged.

PERN: an EU–Russia initiative for rhizosphere microbial resources


Millions of microbial taxa inhabit the rhizosphere and could be used as biofertilizers, biopesticides, and/or for bioremediation. Only a fraction of these microbes have been described and/or are being utilized. Most are dispersed in collections, but coordination of their accessibility and availability is challenging. Here, we present the Pan-European Rhizosphere Resource Network (PERN), which is a transnational repository of microorganisms whose objectives are to facilitate access to rhizosphere resources and information and help users with technical and legal issues.

BCCM/IHEM is certified ISO 14001 for its environmental policy


Since January 2015, the Scientific Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP) hosting the BCCM/IHEM collection has been certified ISO 14001 for its environmental policy. This certification involves that the institute is committed to a sustainable management of its activities. The latter include waste reduction, energy saving, the compliance with and follow-up of the regulation, the analysis, surveillance and reduction of its environmental impact.

MIRRI - updates on the progress of the establishment of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure


MIRRI is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure in its Preparatory Phase which aims to support research and development in the field of biotechnology. Issue 3 of  MIRRI newsletter provides updates on the progress of the establishment of the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure.



Novel bicistronic cloning vector set based on P2A peptide


When expressing more than one gene in a cell line, often bicistronic expression vectors with an internal ribosomal entry site (IRES) are used. Instead of these large IRES sequences, a much shorter, self-cleaving 2A peptide (P2A) can be used. The efficient cleaving activity of this peptide was described in Kim et al. (2011; PMID: 21602908).

To make the advantages of the P2A peptide available for all scientists, BCCM/LMBP is proud to announce the bicistronic pEF6-P2A cloning vector.