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.

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.

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.

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.

Workshop on MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of Fungi


The 19th congress of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) will take place from the 4th until the 8th of May in Melbourne, Australia. BCCM/IHEM is involved in the organization of a workshop on MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of fungi, on the 3th of May. More information can be found here:

We are hoping to welcome you in Melbourne!

Human ORFeome v8.1 - find your gene in a Gateway Entry vector at LMBP


The hORFv8.1 library consists of a sequence-verified, clonal collection of human Open Reading Frames (ORFs), presented as individual Gateway Entry vectors (backbone: pDONR223). 

The new BCCM/LMBP search engine makes the quest for your gene of interest easy, with a database containing, among others, all names and symbols ever assigned to it.

All clones come without a termination codon, allowing the addition of C-terminal tags or markers.