1. Collection
Registered Number 591
Acronym NIES
Full Name Microbial Culture Collection at National Institute for Environmental Studies
Institution National Institute for Environmental Studies
2. Correspondent
Prof. Masanobu Kawachi
Postal Address 16-2, Onogawa,Tsukuba,Ibaraki,305-8506
Country Japan
Telephone 1 (81) 29 850 2345
Telephone 2 (81) 29 850 2556
Fax 1 (81) 29 850 2587
E-mail 1 kawachi.masanobu@nies.go.jp
E-mail 2 mcc@nies.go.jp
Homepage http://mcc.nies.go.jp/ 
3. Status of the collection
Status Semi-governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor National Institute for Environmental Studies
National BioResource Project
5. Personnel
Prof. Masanobu Kawachi
Curator Dr. Haruyo Yamaguchi (Systematics & genomics)
Dr. Mayumi Sato (Systematics, preservation)
Ms. Fumi Mori (Cryopreservation)
Mr. Kosei Yumoto (Preservation, DNA analysis)
Mrs. Miwa Ishimoto (Macroalgae preservation)
Dr. Mary-Helene Noel Kawachi (Preservation)
Number of Staff Algology (6)
Protozoology (1)
Assistants (8)
Total (15)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Applied microbiology
Culture and preservation methods
Environmental protection
Evolutionary biology
Freeze drying
General microbiology
Marine biology
Systematics and taxonomy
Environmental science
Ex situ conservation of endangered macroalgae
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Liquid N2(particular algal strains)
Subculturing(most algal strains)
Control of the culture Viability check by eyes for subcultured stocks
Viability check by FDA method for cryopreserved stocks
Morphology check by microscopic observation
Check for axenic algal strains by culturing in bacterial medium
Deposit to your collection
Source(s) of strains for people in this country: isolated by or introduced from Isolation by ourselves
Personally from the scientists in our country
From the collections in our country
From the research institutions in our country
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Algae 2841 2235
Number of strains last year Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Microbes distributed
(total number)/(in your country)
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability free to Education
fee for 10000 JPY for universities and public institutions, 20000 JPY for company; plus postal fee
9. Catalogue
10. Services
Services Distribution
Consulation about Preservation
Other consultation: Systematics & identification of algae
Availability to education and research of algae
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 2002-08-21
Date of Reply 2018-10-01
12. Strains
Algae Bacteria Protozoa