ECCO member data

Acronym BCCM/LMG
Mailing address K.L.Ledeganckstraat 35
B-9000 Gent
Correspondent Ann Hellemans
Tel.: +32/9 2645108
Fax: +32/9 2645346
Member holdingsThe BCCM/LMG public collection maintains over 25.000 strains, representing some 670 genera and 4.500 species, subspecies or pathovars, encompassing plant associated and phytopathogenic bacteria including quarantine taxa (pseudomonads, xanthomonads, Enterobacteriaceae, agrobacteria, coryneforms, etc.), bacteria of medical or veterinary importance (Arcobacter, Campylobacter, Helicobacter, Burkholderia, aeromonads, flavobacteria, bordetellae, enterococci, streptococci), marine bacteria (Vibrionaceae) and various groups of biotechnological interest (such as lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria, N2 fixers, clostridia, bacilli, streptomycetes, agrobacteria, etc.).
Most of the commonly used control, test and bioassay strains are incorporated.
BCCM/LMG also distributes the complete experimental strain panel of the Burkholderia cepacia complex.
Services offeredMain services:

- Supply of cultures, freeze-dried or on agar

- Supply of high molecular genomic DNA

- Deposit of strains for public access, for safe keeping, or for patent purposes (Budapest Treaty)

- Identification, characterization and typing of strains, using phenotypic techniques (Biolog breathprints, conventional tests, electrophoresis of cellular proteins, gaschromatographic analysis of cellular fatty acids) as well as genomic techniques (DNA fingerprinting - AFLP®, RAPD, Rep, PFGE; DNA hybridisations; DNA mol% GC termination; sequence analysis of 16S rDNA and of housekeeping genes), and performant software tools for data processing and data sharing.

- Freeze-drying service

- Scientific consultancy



Research projects developed by collection staff and research groups of the UGent host laboratory are focussed on the phylogenetic study, the identification and the fine-typing of various bacterial groups, in divers contexts, such as:

  • Assessing microbial diversity in a wide range of environments
  • Bioprospecting and screening
  • Phytobacteriology and bacteriological aspects of sustainable agriculture and agroforestry
  • Microbial ecology, symbiotic systems, natural soil bacteria
  • Food bacteriology
  • Antibiotic acquired resistance, epidemiology of clinical isolates from man or animal 
Quality Management SystemBCCM/LMG is ISO 9001:2008 certified for all aspects of collection management, from the accessioning of strains, their control upon receipt and after preservation, to preservation, storage and supply of cultures and related data. The certificate is valid for the public collection, the safe deposit collection and the patent deposit collection.

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