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World Federation for Culture Collections

About

The WFCC is a Multidisciplinary Commission of the International Union of
Biological Sciences (IUBS) and a Federation within the International Union of
Microbiological Societies (IUMS). The WFCC is concerned with the collection,
authentication, maintenance and distribution of cultures of microorganisms
and cultured cells. Its aim is to promote and support the establishment of
culture collections and related services, to provide liaison and set up an
information network between the collections and their users, to organise
workshops and conferences, publications and newsletters and work to ensure
the long term perpetuation of important collections.

The Federation has an Executive Board and works through a series of
committees. For more information on its structure, please refer to the WFCC
statutes and bylaws.

The WFCC (through the activities of Professor Skerman, University of
Queensland, Australia, and his colleagues in the 1960's) pioneered the
development of an international database on culture resources worldwide. The
result is the WFCC World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM). This data
resource is now maintained at National Institute of Genetics(NIG), Japan and
has records of nearly 476 culture collections from 62 countries. The records
contain data on the organisation, management, services and scientific
interests of the collections. Each of these records is linked to a second
record containing the list of species held. The WDCM database forms an
important information resource for all microbiological activity and also acts
as a focus for data activities among WFCC members.

The WFCC is a Multidisciplinary Commission of the International Union of
Biological Sciences (IUBS) and a Federation within the International Union of
Microbiological Societies (IUMS). The WFCC is concerned with the collection,
authentication, maintenance and distribution of cultures of microorganisms
and cultured cells. Its aim is to promote and support the establishment of
culture collections and related services, to provide liaison and set up an
information network between the collections and their users, to organise
workshops and conferences, publications and newsletters and work to ensure
the long term perpetuation of important collections.

The Federation has an Executive Board and works through a series of
committees. For more information on its structure, please refer to the WFCC
statutes and bylaws.

The WFCC (through the activities of Professor Skerman, University of
Queensland, Australia, and his colleagues in the 1960's) pioneered the
development of an international database on culture resources worldwide. The
result is the WFCC World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM). This data
resource is now maintained at National Institute of Genetics(NIG), Japan and
has records of nearly 476 culture collections from 62 countries. The records
contain data on the organisation, management, services and scientific
interests of the collections. Each of these records is linked to a second
record containing the list of species held. The WDCM database forms an
important information resource for all microbiological activity and also acts
as a focus for data activities among WFCC members.

The WFCC exists to promote the interests of international culture
collections.  This mission includes coordination with the World Data Centre
for Microorganisms (http://www.wdcm.org/) to assure that collection holdings
are visible to the public.