General information

Full name                                    
Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure               
Short name                          
Legal statusunder development (ERIC envisaged)                                 
Operational statusunder development
Coordinating institution (interim)BELSPO
Coordinator (interim)
Marleen Bosschaerts

RI member countries

BE,  ES, FR, IT, NL, PO, PT,     

info [at]

National nodes

This sections provides an overview on the national subsidiaries of the RI.


NameContact, website                                            
Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM/LMG)

Contact: Ann Hellemans,

   bccm.lmg [at]



Biological Resource Center of

Institut Pasteur (CRBIP)

Contact: Chantal Bizet,

   crbip [at]


International Centre for Microbial

Resources (CIRM)


Food associated bacteria: Florence Valence,

   cirm-bia [at]

Pathogenic bacteria: Emmanuelle Helloin,

   cirm_bp [at]

Filamentous fungi: Anne Favel,

   CIRM_CF [at]

Plant associated bacteria: Perrine Portier,

   cfbp [at]

Yeasts: Serge Casaregola,

   cirm [at]


Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ) 

Contact: Jörg Overmann,

   contact [at]

Jacobs University Bremen

Contact: Frank Oliver Glöckner,

   fog [at]

Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis (MUT)

Contact: Giovanna Cristina Varese,

   cristina.varese [at]

University Hospital San Martino IST (USMI)

Contact: Paolo Romano,

   paolo.romano [at]                

Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
[formerly: CBS – KNAW Fungal Biodiversity
Centre (CBS)]


Fungi: Gerard Verkleij,
          g.verkleij [at]

Yeast: Marizeth Groenewald,
Bacteria: Marian Figge,


Institute of Agricultural and Food

Biotechnology (IAFB)

Contact: Anna Misiewicz,

   anna.misiewicz [at]

Micoteca da Universidade do Minho (MUM)

Contact: Nelson Lima, micoteca [at]

All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms (VKM)

Contact: Lyudmila Evtushenko,

   Evtushenko [at]

Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT)

Contact: Rosa Aznar

Bacteria/Archaea: bacterias [at]

Yeasts/filamentous fungi: hongos [at]


Institut Mediterrani d’Estudis Avançats


Contact: Ramon Rosselló-Móra,

   ramon [at]


Culture Collection, University of

Göteborg (CCUG)

Contact: Edward Moore, curator [at]

CAB International (CABI)

Contact: David Smith,

   microbiologicalservices [at]




Description of the organisation

Microbiology is one of the cornerstones in biological science, with a huge impact on basic research (such as the evolution of life on earth), understanding processes at the genetic and epigenetic levels (such as global cycling of gases and waste) and the bio-economy (such as fundamental resources for social and economic prosperity and Health). Europe has been the cradle of public microbial collections and their presence in the respective national research environment is an indispensable element for the advancement of science. At the European level, however, the landscape is fragmented, lacking coherence and coordination – a challenge for every researcher looking for resources or data. This is the situation MIRRI will resolve; it will integrate the main microbial domain Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs) and their supporting services and data into a novel pan-European coordinated research infrastructure.

MIRRI partners provide to users from academia, health and agriculture authorities, and the bio-industry a broad range of microorganisms (about 450,000 resources), viz. bacteria (including cyanobacteria), archaea, fungi, yeasts, plant viruses, bacteriophages and their isolated DNA as well as human, animal and plant cell cultures. Pathogenic material is provided to risk group 2, selected risk group 3 organisms are available from a few mBRCs.
In addition to their collection activity (i.e. deposition and provision of microbial resources), currently 12 mBRCs from 11 countries offer their unrivalled expertise in the integrated analysis of complex microbial interactions, ranging from the isolation of a specimen from the environment to the description of novel species, deciphering the genomic information and its path to gene expression. Targeted identification of genes of interest for biotechnological exploitation as well as analysis of ‘microbiomes’ make MIRRI mBRCs interesting partners not only for academic researchers but also for industry and ‘personalized medicine’.  

Currently the MIRRI infrastructure is under development, but basic services are already available. Full operability, i.e. the virtual entry point to all services, the MIRRI Collaborative Work Environment (MIRRI CWE), will be achieved once the legal status is established.

Service offer

A list of services offered by MIRRI can be downloaded here.



















This project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654248.