• Institution: The BCCM TM/IHEM
  • Acronym:BCCM/IHEM
  • Location:
    BCCM/IHEM – service Mycology & Aerobiology
    Rue Juliette Wytsmanstraat 14
    1050 Brussels – BELGIUM
  • Website: http://bccm.belspo.be
    Twitter: @BccmCollections
    LinkedIng: BCCM_Collections
  • Correspondent:
    Dirk Stubbe
    Tel.: +32 (0) 642 55 18
    e-mail: bccm.ihem@eccosite.org

Members holdings

  • BCCM/IHEM is a collection of fungi of medical and veterinary interest. It holds over 15000 strains of yeast and filamentous fungi, representing almost 500 genera and over 1500 species: human and animal pathogens, allergenic strains, mycotoxin producing species or various contaminants from the human environment.
  • The BCCM/IHEM collection accepts pathogens up to the class of risk 3.
  • The BCCM/IHEM collection has incorporated the entire collection of Raymond Vanbreuseghem (RV-collection) which formerly belonged to the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp) and includes numerous valuable isolates from tropical regions.
  • Another interesting addition was the fungal collection from Janssen Pharmaceutica which has been integrated in the public BCCM/IHEM collection.

Services offered

  • patent deposits
  • safe deposits
  • identification (MALDI-TOF, DNA sequencing)
  • microbial counting
  • antifungal susceptibility testing
  • training : indoor mycology, dermatophytes, veterinary mycology, MALDI-TOF


Our research is focussed on taxonomy and characterisation of fungi in medical or veterinary context.

  • Packeu, A., Stubbe, D., Roesems, S., Goens, K., Van Rooij, P., de Hoog, S., Hendrickx, M. Lineages Within the Trichophyton rubrum Complex. (2020) Mycopathologia, 185 (1), pp. 123-136. DOI: 10.1007/s11046-019-00386-z
  • Baert, F., Stubbe, D., D’hooge, E., Packeu, A., Hendrickx, M. Updating the Taxonomy of Dermatophytes of the BCCM/IHEM Collection According to the New Standard: A Phylogenetic Approach. (2020) Mycopathologia, 185 (1), pp. 161-168. DOI: 10.1007/s11046-019-00338-7
  • D'hooge, E., Becker, P., Stubbe, D., Normand, A.-C., Piarroux, R., Hendrickx, M. Black aspergilli: A remaining challenge in fungal taxonomy? (2019) Medical Mycology, 57 (6), pp. 773-780. DOI: 10.1093/mmy/myy124
  • Becker, P., Normand, A.-C., Vanantwerpen, G., Vanrobaeys, M., Haesendonck, R., Vercammen, F., Stubbe, D., Piarroux, R., Hendrickx, M. Identification of fungal isolates by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in veterinary practice: validation of a web application (2019) Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 31 (3), pp. 471-474. DOI: 10.1177/1040638719835577

Quality Management System

ISO 9001, ISO 17025, ISO 14001