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The Biological Resource Center of the Institut Pasteur (CRBIP) IBiSA Certified The Biological Resource Center of the Institut Pasteur (CRBIP)

The CRBIP gathers the Collection of the Institut Pasteur (CIP: bacteria and plasmids), the Pasteur Cyanobacteria Collection (PCC), the Fungi Culture Collection (UMIP) and the ICAReB biobank. After being certified according to the ISO 9001:2000 standard since 2005 it is certified now according to the French norm dedicated to quality management and quality control in biological resource centres (NF S96-900).

The CRBIP makes available for sale about 12000 bacterial strains, 750 cyanobacteria, 2700 fungal strains and 80 viruses.


Biological Resources Centre of Leishmania (CRB-Leish, Hospital University Centre and University of Montpellier 1) Biological Resources Centre of Leishmania (CRB-Leish, Hospital University Centre and University of Montpellier 1)

Lesihmaniases are anthropozoonotic diseases distributed world-wide, caused by the protozoan parasite Leishmania. The co-called mediterranean visceral leishmaniasis spreads all over the Mediterranean Basin, including Southern Europe. This collection was created in 1971 and comprises more than 6000 strains from all Leishmania species, isolated from numerous types of hosts (human, reservoirs and vectors) and coming from 48 countries on four continents. It displays an online catalogue of 440 strains (www.parasitologie.univ-montp1.fr); the rest being available upon request. The BRC is engaged into a Quality Management system, aiming at a certification ISO 9001 v.2000.

Biological Resource Centre Toxoplasma Biological Resource Centre Toxoplasma

The Biological Resource Centre (BRC) Toxoplasma was created in 2002 to collect strains of Toxoplasma gondii resulting from Toxoplasma infections in humans or animals. The scientific objectives of the BRC Toxoplasma are to: i) characterize strains with phenotypic and genotypic tools to analyze biodiversity of this parasite, ii) preserve these characterized strains in strict quality rules for distribution to the scientific community. More than 600 strains (including 200 from different animal species) and reference strains are stored at BRC Toxoplasma. Some of these strains will be entirely sequenced. Strains can be delivered for public, private or industrial researchers under precise conditions (see www.toxocrb.com). Each request is submitted to the scientific committee that examines the project.

The collection has been supplied with strains mainly through a network of correspondents (ToxoBs network) from French University Hospitals. The strains are preserved in cryobanks located in two sites (Limoges and Reims).  In January 2010, the management quality of BRC Toxoplasma has received from AFNOR the attestation of certification according to the French norm NF S 96 900 (certificate N°130151/1189F).  BRC Toxoplasma is member of the European network of biobanks BBMRI.

Environmental Microbiology Lyon – Biological Resource Center (EML-BRC) Environmental Microbiology Lyon – Biological Resource Center (EML-BRC)

The « Environmental Microbiology Lyon » (EML) Biological Resource Center (BRC) was created at Université Lyon 1 in 2005 following the recommendations of InEE (Institut Ecologie et Environnement) of the CNRS to ensure the conservation and distribution of novel microbial species and clones described ( or fully DNA sequenced) and studied by research groups at University Lyon 1, VetAgro Sup and other related institutions. This BRC offers all the tools that can guarantee the proper identity of the microbial strains which are conserved and distributed. It is having a highly original positioning regarding its content which is mainly focalized on species/strains isolated from outdoor and opportunistic infections. It is also the BRC distributing and conserving atypical French clinical actinomycetes isolated by the French Observatory of Nocardioses. It will soon distribute the main food shiga-toxin producing E. coli identified by the reference laboratory of the French Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries situated at VetAgro Sup. It offers services that can allow establishing molecular and phenotypic imprints of the conserved micro-organisms. It offers various conservation systems such as -80°C conservation and lyophilisation. This collection is managed by various web accesses allowing completion of the description of the stocked micro-organisms by the experts at the origin of their deposit. A web site makes this collection available to the international scientific community. Regarding its involvement in research, its activities have mainly concerned the description of novel bacterial species, an evaluation of the criteria used to define bacterial genus, species and clonal complexes, the characterization of epidemic or dominant clones, and the analysis and development of methods which allow a better understanding of infra-specific genetic and phenotypic diversity.

The International Center of Microbial Resources of INRA (CIRM-INRA) The International Center of Microbial Resources of INRA (CIRM-INRA)

The CIRM is a BRC created by INRA in 2004. It preserves over 15.000 strains in five dedicated sites: food bacteria (Rennes), human and animal pathogenic bacteria (Tours), phytopathogenic and plant-associated bacteria (Angers), lignocellulotytic filamentous fungi (Marseilles) and hemiascomycetous yeasts (Grignon). The aim of this BRC is to gather all the microbial collections of INRA and to make accessible a set of well characterized microbial resources to the scientific community. Since its creation, the CIRM has integrated over 12 Inra collections and has become a unique blend of collections associated to research on agro-food industry, biotechnology and human, animal and plant health.

In addition to the provision of a wide variety of well-characterized microbial strains, the CIRM provides a number of services including taxonomic identification, full strain characterization, strain typing, confidential safe deposit and expertise in various fields. The CIRM is very active in the characterization and preservation of biodiversity from French oversea territories. The five sites are all certified ISO 9001.

Since the start of 2009, the CIRM is coordinator, together with the Institut Pasteur, of the European project EMbaRC, which aims at establishing a self-sustainable community of European Microbial Resource Centers representing a large biodiversity and offering a wide-range of not only bioresources, but also expert services. Joint research to improve strain and DNA storage and to develop new microorganism identification methods is ongoing.


Biological Resources Center – Ferdinand Cabanne, branch of Besançon ‘Microbiology Collections’ Biological Resources Center – Ferdinand Cabanne, branch of Besançon ‘Microbiology Collections’

The BRC Ferdinand Cabanne has, in the University Hospital of Besançon, a branch specialized in the characterization and the collection of pathogenic micro-organisms.


These collections are available for researchers interested in infection control, microbial genome study, emergence of resistance to antimicrobials, spread of antimicrobial-resistant micro-organisms, healthcare-associated infections. Our collections gather multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, bacteria producing extended-spectrum b-lactamases. We also collect bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections and bone and joints infections.

In 2014, 30,000 micro-organisms were stored.


The BRC of Microorganisms of the Wine and Vine French The BRC of Microorganisms of the Wine and Vine French

The National Collection of Microorganisms of the Wine and Vine French Institute is currently distributed on 5 different sites (Beaune, Nantes, Tours, Villefranche and Nimes). It consists of about 20 000 strains distributed as follows: 17 000 yeasts, 3 000 filamentous fungi, 1 000 bacteria, representing approximately 200 different species stemming from wine-producing ecosystems.

BRC oenology BRC oenology

The BRC oenology (Institute of Vine and Wine Science, University Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2) includes dozens of genera and species of yeasts and bacteria isolated from grapes, grape juice and wine of various origins and types. The ‘technological’ species are represented by hundreds of strains. Spoiling yeasts and bacteria of wines are also included, with several strains characterized by the specific metabolisms inducing “wine diseases”.

GenoSol Platform, INRA-University of Bourgogne, Dijon GenoSol Platform, INRA-University of Bourgogne, Dijon

The GenoSol platform was created in 2008 by Research Unit of INRA Microbiology of the Soil and Environment at Dijon (France). This platform provides an appropriate logistic structure for the acquisition, storage and characterization of soil genetic resources obtained by extensive sampling on very large space and/or time scales and to make these resources readily available for the whole scientific community and policy makers. This platform has demonstrated its strong logistic and technical experience in the scientific program ECOMIC-RMQS dealing with the characterization of soil microbial diversity at the scale of the French national territory by using the national soil survey network (Réseau de Mesures de la Qualité des Sols, more than 2,200 soils sampled and analyzed). In this program, the GenoSol platform has managed the soil DNA library, the development of molecular tools (real time PCR, genotyping) to be applied on large scale sampling and built up the associated database.


Environmental Biological Ressources – Environnement and Microbiology Group, UMR IPREM 5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour Environmental Biological Ressources – Environnement and Microbiology Group, UMR IPREM 5254, Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour

Our group stores microbial resources from natural and anthropogenic impacted environments (essentially from aquatic and subsurface ecosystems)

1) A collection of about 600 strains (mainly Bacteria) containing purple anoxygenic phototrophs, sulfate reducers and hydrocarbon (alkanes and aromatic compounds degrading aerobes and anaerobes.

2) A collection of samples and DNA (metagenomes) originating either from environmental samples and microcosms expérimentations.