Culture Collections holds four of the biological resource centres (BRCs) that make up the UK Biological Resource Centre Network (UKBRCN). The network meets annually and this year’s meeting was held at the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria (NCIMB) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The group aims to support biological resource centres, including culture collections and their users, on topics such as the Nagoya Protocol and funding. It also aims to foster active collaborative links within the biological resource community.
The UK has a thriving medical and life sciences research and development community and BRCs play an important role in providing researchers with a wide range of authentic biological cultures for their research. Over a hundred thousand strains of microbial cultures and human and animal cell lines are available from the partner collections for research and development in fields such as food and brewing, biological controls, medical research and manufacture, and for testing a wide of a range of products including drugs, vaccines, biotherapeutics, antibiotics, neutraceuticals and paints.
Biodiversity of UKBRCN holdings (after Adl et al. 2012)
A new UKBRCN website is currently under development and will be available in the Spring of 2018. To keep up to date with its development, and for news and developments from the individual partner collections (see table below), follow the UKBRCN on Twitter @uk_brcn.
|Department of Food and Rural Affairs||Animal and plant microbes|
|CABI International||Fungi, Bacteria|
|Scottish Association for Marne Science||Cyanobacteria, Algae, Protozoa|
|Department of Food and Rural Affairs||Bacteria|
|Public Health England||Cell lines|
|Royal Botanic Gardens Kew||
Seed bank, Fungi
|Public Health England||Bacteria|
|Public Health England||Fungi|
|Public Health England||Viruses|
|Food and Environment Research Agency||Bacteria|
|Institute of Food Research||Yeast|
National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC) - UK Stem Cell Bank
|Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency||Stem Cells|
|Natural History Museum||Various|
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