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

Members holdings

  • BCCM/IHEM is a collection of fungi of medical and veterinary interest. It holds almost 17000 strains of yeast and filamentous fungi, representing almost 500 genera and almost 1700 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


  • Jabet A., Normand A.-C., Moreno-Sabater A., Guillot J., Risco-Castillo V., Brun S., Demar M., Blaizot R., Nabet C., Packeu A., Piarroux R. Investigations upon the Improvement of Dermatophyte Identification Using an Online Mass Spectrometry Application (2022) Journal of Fungi, 8 (1), art. no. 73 DOI: 10.3390/jof8010073
  • Normand A.-C., Moreno-Sabater A., Jabet A., Hamane S., Cremer G., Foulet F., Blaize M., Dellière S., Bonnal C., Imbert S., Brun S., Packeu A., Bretagne S., Piarroux R. MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry Online Identification of Trichophyton indotineae Using the MSI-2 Application (2022) Journal of Fungi, 8 (10), art. no. 1103 DOI: 10.3390/jof8101103
  • Cornet L., Durieu B., Baert F.D'hooge E., Colignon D., Meunier L., Lupo V., Cleenwerck I., Daniel H.-I., Rigouts L., Sirjacobs D., Declerck S., Vandamme P., Wilmotte A., Baurain D. & Becker P. The GEN-ERA toolbox: unified and reproducible workflows for research in microbial genomics. (2022).  bioRxiv. (preprint)
  • Baert F, Lefevere P, D’Hooge E, Stubbe D, Packeu A. A polyphasic approach to classification and identification of species within the trichophyton benhamiae complex (2021) Journal of Fungi, 7 (8). DOI: 10.3390/jof7080602
  • Cornet L, D'hooge E, Magain N, Stubbe D, Packeu A, Baurain D, Becker P. The taxonomy of the trichophyton rubrum complex: A phylogenomic approach (2021) Microbial Genomics, 7 (11) DOI: 10.1099/MGEN.0.000707
  • Normand AC, Blaize M, Imbert S, Packeu A, Becker P, Fekkar A, Stubbe D, Piarroux R. Identification of Molds with Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization-Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry: Performance of the Newly Developed MSI-2 Application in Comparison with the Bruker Filamentous Fungi Database and MSI-1 (2021) Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 59(10). DOI: 10.1128/jcm.01299-21.
  • Blaize M, Normand AC, Imbert S, Al-Hatmi AM, Chryssanthou E, Cassaing S, Schuttler C, Hasseine L, Mahinc C, Costa D, Bonnal C, Ranque S, Sautour M, Rubio E, Delhaes L, Riat A, Sendid B, Kristensen L, Brandenberger M, Stubbe DBrun S, Piarroux R, Fekkar A. (2021). Antifungal Susceptibility of 182 Fusarium Species Isolates from 20 European Centers: Comparison between EUCAST and Gradient Concentration Strip Methods. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 65(12)
  • Packeu A, Stubbe D, Hendrickx M. The Trichophyton rubrum Complex. In: Bouchara, Jean-Philippe, et al., eds. Dermatophytes and Dermatophytoses. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2021. p.199-210.

Quality Management System

ISO 9001, ISO 17025