General information

Full name              
Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure               
Short name             
Legal statuscurrently N/A (step 1 submission for MIRRI-ERIC passed, preparing for step 2)                                
Operational statusunder development
Coordinating institution (interim)BELSPO & INRA
Coordinator (interim)
Marleen Bosschaerts & Serge Casaregola

RI member countries

(Construction Phase)


info [at]

National nodes

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


NameContact, website                                            



BCCM - Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms
Marleen Bosschaerts (bosc [at]


BCCM/DCG Diatoms Collection
Peter Chaerle (bccm.dcg [at]


BCCM/GeneCorner Plasmid Collection
Martine Vanhoucke (bccm.genecorner [at]


BCCM/IHEM Fungi Collection: Human and Animal Health
Marijke Hendrickx, Dirk Stubbe (bccm.ihem [at]


BCCM/ITM Mycobacteria Collection
Leen Rigouts, Sari Cogneau (bccm.itm [at]


BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection
Ann Hellemans (bccm.lmg [at]


BCCM/MUCL Agro-food and Environmental Fungi Collection
Stéphane Declerck (bccm-mucl [at]


BCCM/ULC Cyanobacteria Collection
Annick Wilmotte (bccm.ulc [at]


CRBIP - Biological Resource Center of Institut Pasteur

Mery Pina (mery.pina-hinojosa [at]


CIRM - International Centre for Microbial Resources

Serge Casaregola (serge.casaregola [at]


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]


HMRCN - Hellenic Microbial Resource Collections Network

Amalia D. Karagouni (akar [at]

Efstathios A. Katsifas (skatsi [at]


ATHUBA Athens University Culture Collection of Bacteria & Archaea (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


ACA-DC Collection (Agricultural University of Athens)


ATHUM Collection (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


UOA/HCPF Hellenic Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)


BPIC Collection (Benaki Phytopathological Institute of Athens)


Giovanna Cristina Varese (cristina.varese [at]


TUCC Turin University Culture Collection, including MUT (Mycotheca Universitatis Taurinensis


CNR National Research Council, including ITEM Agro-Food Microbial Culture Collection, PLAVIT Plant Virus Italy


DBVPG Industrial Yeasts Collections (University of Perugia)


UMCC University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Microbial Culture Collection


USMI University Hospital San Martino, including Interlab Cell Line Collection


MSCL Microbial Strain Collection of Latvia

Daina Eze (daina.eze [at]


Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute


CBS Collection of yeasts and filamentous fungi

Fungi: Gerard Verkleij, g.verkleij [at]

Yeast: Marizeth Groenewald, m.groenewald [at]


Netherlands Culture Collection of Bacteria NCCB


IAFB Collection of Industrial Microorganisms

Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology

Justyna Nasilowska, nasilowska [at]


PCM Polish Collection of Microorganisms

Hirszfeld Institute and Experimental Therapy PAS

Anna Misiewicz, anna.misiewicz [at]


KPD-UG University of Gdansk

Anna Karina Kaczorowska, anna.kaczorowska [at]


Pt-mBRCN Portuguese microBiological Resource Centre Network

Nelson Lima, nelson [at]


ACOI (Coimbra)


LEGE-CC (Porto)


MUM (Braga)


PYCC (Caparica)


UCCCB (Coimbra)


Alexander Vasilenko, vanvkm [at]


VKM All-Russian Collection of Microorganisms

G.K. Skryabin Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms RAS

Alexander Vasilenko, vanvkm [at]


UNIQEM Collection of Unique and Extromophilic Microorganisms

Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology


IEGM Regional Specialised Collection of Alkanotrophic Microorganisms


VKPM Russian National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms


Rosa Aznar, raznar [at]


CECT Spanish Type Culture Collection


BEA Spanish Bank of Algae



Description of the organisation

MIRRI-ERIC provides a unique access point to biological resources, related information, services and expertise of 35 microbial resource centres (mBRCs) located in 10 countries. This means that about 450.000 resources (such as bacteria -including cyanobacteria-, archaea, fungi, yeasts, plant viruses, bacteriophages and their isolated DNA as well as human, animal and plant cell cultures) can be readily provided to users from academia, health and agriculture authorities, and the bio-industry. Pathogenic material is provided to risk group 2, selected risk group 3 organisms are available from a few mBRCs. In addition MIRRI-ERIC offers 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-ERIC an interesting partner not only for academic researchers but also for industry and ‘personalized medicine’.

Currently MIRRI-ERIC is under development, but basic services are already available. Full operability as well as the virtual entry point to all services will be achieved once the legal status is established.

Service offer

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