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Trends in the Systematics of Bacteria and Fungi

Trends in the Systematics of Bacteria and Fungi is a new book edited by Paul Bridge, David Smith and Erko Stackebrandt and published by CABI.

This book provides insight into how current methods and resources are being used in microbial systematics, together with some thoughts and suggestions as to how both methodologies and concepts may develop in the future. It includes coverage of the philosophy and changes in microbial systematics, including the relevance of names, new concepts of species, and the issues encountered with species that cannot be grown in culture. It also looks at the application of new identification technologies, the challenges of using published databases and other data resources in arriving at an identification appropriate to current species concepts, and the practical requirements of an identification.

Trends in the Systematics of Bacteria and Fungi is available now on the CABI Bookshop. eBooks are also available from your usual eBook retailer.

BCCM Preservation of micro-organisms: a practical approach

Monday, September 14, 2020 – Friday, September 18, 2020

The preservation of biological material is of primary interest for research but also for industrial applications. It is the mission of the BCCM consortium not only to preserve, but also to offer quality controlled characterised and documented biological material. BCCM also offers its expertise through services and partnership projects.

The BCCM consortium developed a specialized training which focuses on the preservation of micro-organisms. This course will be presented by our well experienced  staff members and is addressed to students as well as scientists and technicians from various fields of work including but not limited to: education, industry, health services, etc. who aim to develop their skills in micro-organism handling in general and preservation techniques in particular.

The BCCM training 2020 on preservation is organised during 5 days:

  • Day 1: 14th September 2020 (optional). A full day seminar on management of culture collections.
  • Day 2-4: 15th -17th September 2020: 3-day training on the handling and preservation:  Three-day training is offered to teach the participants the different isolation, cultivation and preservation techniques, to practice these techniques and to discuss preservation aspects on particular organisms of interest with the lecturers and other participants. Possible choices: fungi, bacteria, cyanobacteria, microalgae (focusing on diatoms)
  • Day 5: 18th of September 2020 (optional). A full day initiation on the cultivation and preservation of a micro-organism type different from the one selected for your 3-day practical training (DEMO’s).

Event Details

Date: Monday, September 14, 2020 – Friday, September 18, 2020

Location: Detailed info on the venue and accommodation (

Price: Find the detailed info of the training program and the fees and registration here ( ;

Language: English

Organiser(s): Training organised by BCCM. (

EFSA public consultation: new recommendations for applicants on whole genome sequence analysis of microorganisms

EFSA is consulting on its statement on how to conduct and describe the whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis of microorganisms added to food and feed. The document provides guidance to applicants who wish to place such products on the market. The use of these microorganisms, such as bacteria, in food and feed requires authorisation, which is based on EFSA’s risk assessment. In some areas the use of WGS-based data is a requirement for risk assessment and therefore applicants need to use this new tool to prepare their applications. The deadline for submitting comments is 28 February 2020.

You can access the public consultation info in the EFSA site at the following link:

ECCO Social Media Manager Request

Social Media Manager job description

The European Culture Collection Organization (ECCO) is looking for a Social Media Manager to join our communication team! If you are a self-driven and ambitious tech-savvy professional we would like to meet you.

Our ideal candidate has exceptional oral and written communication skills and is able to develop engaging content. You should be a “people person” with ability to moderate online and offline conversations with our community.

The ECCO Social Media Manager will post on behalf of ECCO by working closely with the ECCO board, particularly with the communication team (Collections Officer/Secretary/IT Officer) and the responsible for the ECCO website.

Social Media Manager duties and responsibilities

  • Communications strategy: in close collaboration with the ECCO board, you will create, plan and implement a social media campaign (choose social media channels and right tools to manage your content, open accounts, start following relevant stakeholders, make a list of relevant hashtags, etc).
  • Content creation: Provide engaging, original, high-quality content text and/or image content for all social media accounts at least twice per month. Retweet/share relevant content from other stakeholders at least twice per month.
  • Public relations: Respond to comments or forward the appropriate contact.
  • Analytics measuring media campaigns: Monitor, track and report on feedback once every 3 months.
  • Stay up-to-date with digital technology trends
  • Events: you will be encouraged to attendmicrobiology-related events in your city and publish about them. Travel and accommodation costs to the ECCO meetings will be provided (London, 2020).

Social Media Manager requirements

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Hands on experience with social media management.
  • Ability to identify and track relevant community metrics (KPIs).
  • Knowledge of online marketing and marketing channels.

Please note that this work will be done in a voluntary basis, no economical retribution is made. This experience will be profitable to graduate students and young researchers to validate communication skills.

Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to before February 10th 2020.

Message from the President

Dear ECCO members!

The 38th ECCO Meeting held in the wonderful city of Turin is already behind us. I want to say thanks once more to the local organisers, Prof. Cristina Varese and her team of the MUT at Turin University, for making this into an excellent and most inspiring event. The beauty and relevance of “our” microbes is well known to us, but largely unknown to most citizens. To increase public awareness the local organizers set up an exhibition based on photo’s provided by the ECCO collections. The exhibition was well positioned on the Piazza Vittorio Veneto in the very heart of the city. Passing the exhibition on the route between my hotel and the venue I saw passerby people eagerly browsing the various pictures and accompanying text. This exhibition was a brilliant idea!

During the Annual General Meeting Nelson Lima stepped back as President of the board, and we thank him for his hard work for ECCO over the past years. Dominique Clermont also stepped back as scientific officer and we thank her for the work she has put in. Cristina Varese was elected the new scientific officer, and I am now your new president.

As agreed some time ago, working groups of several experts started working on two new ECCO Core tools, one for material transfer (to follow-up the widely appreciated ECCO Core MTA of 2009), and a second for material deposit (MDA). In Turin these documents were discussed with the members and finalised. We thanks all who have provided input. The tools were formally approved by the AGM, and soon they will be available. We hope that they will prove to be of use to collections in supply and deposit procedures.

I look forward to working together with Cristina and the other board members Marijke, Mery, José and Pekka, to help move culture collections forward and underpin the important role they are playing in science and society. But ECCO cannot do without your continued support, and we encourage all our members to provide input where they can!

The local organisers kindly invite us to come to London for ECCO 39, that will be held in September 2019, and join in to celebrates NCTC’s  100th anniversary. I look forward to seeing you in London, or perhaps earlier in Chile, if you see a chance to participate in the round table organised by ECCO, during the WFCC ICCC 15 in Pucón (25-29 November 2019)!

Gerard Verkley

Nagoya Protocol for ‘Collection Holders’, Brussels 6 July 2017

Our Collections Officer, Samantha Law, has attended a number of workshops regarding the guidance documents under the EU Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) Regulation implementing the Nagoya Protocol (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014).  Of particular interest was the ‘Collection Holders’ workshop held in Brussels on the 6 July 2017, where a number of ECCO members were present.

During this workshop, a preliminary draft version of the guidance document for Collection Holders that have been drafted by the GDG was presented to an audience of about 50 participants (competent authorities, national and European experts, and national and European stakeholders). Those present were able to give feedback about this document at the time.  After the workshop, Samantha also collated feedback from ECCO members and reported this back to the consultants.  She will keep everyone informed of any updates regarding this.

Version 2.4 Draft – 26 June 2017 of the “Guidance Document for Collection Holders” can be downloaded through this link.

CABI ‘Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms’ training course (12-14th September 2017)

CABI announces training course in preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms 12-14 September 2017

CABI is pleased to offer a three-day training course in Preserving, storing and maintaining microorganisms (12-14th September 2017). Presented by staff from CABI, this course will be of interest to everyone involved in the handling, distribution and storage of microorganisms. The training covers all aspects of culture preservation, maintenance and culture collection management and complies with the quality standards set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for best practice with biological resource collections. CABI has substantial expertise in the preservation and maintenance of cultures of bacteria and fungi and a long history in training scientists, technicians and students from around the world. The course will be based at CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, UK.


For full details and to apply online, please visit our website:

Microorganisms: Good or Evil, MIRRI Provides Biosecurity Awareness

As a result of the MIRRI project, a new paper on biosecurity written by David Smith, Dunja Martin and Tatyana Novossiolova has been published.

We are sure you will find it very interesting. The complete text can be found in the following link:

Microorganisms: Good or Evil, MIRRI Provides Biosecurity Awareness

Please, feel free to add your comments on the paper using the ‘Leave a Reply’ section on this post.


Nagoya Protocol and ABS. Intro

Dear coleagues.

According what was discussed in the ECCO XXXV meeting in Aberdeen, a new section in the eccosite is being created. The Nagoya protocol and ABS section. The idea is to include interesting links and help to try to facilitate to the Culture Collections to comply with the Nagoya protocol.

Please, feel free to send me all the comments you may have about it.

You can access the Nagoya protocol web page at the CBD site here.


ECCO XXXV Registration Form Test

Registration closed on 25th October 2016