1. Collection
Registered Number 803
Acronym MDC
Full Name Microbial Depository Center (National Microbial Culture Collection of the Republic of Armenia)
Institution The Institution of the Scientific and Production Center "Armbiotechnology", National Academy of Sciences, Armenia
2. Correspondent
Prof. Evrik Afrikian
Postal Address 14 Gyurjyan street,Yerevan,Republic of Armenia,0056
Country Armenia
Telephone 1 (37410) - 65 08 83 office
Telephone 2 (37410) - 58 59 33 residence
Fax 1 (37410) - 65 08 83 office
E-mail 1 microbio@sci.am
E-mail 2 afrikian2002@yahoo.com
Homepage http://www.sci.am/resorgs.php?oid=41&langid=1 
3. Status of the collection
Status Governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor State Budget, 80 KUSD
Actually only ISTC Project (USA, DOE), annually around 40 KUSD
5. Personnel
Director Prof. Evrik Afrikian
E-Mail:microbio@sci.am, afrikian2002@yahoo.com
Curator Assoc. Prof. Mrs. Marina Kinosyan (General Curator, Yeast, Bacteria, Streptomycetes)
Prof. Mr. Evrik Afrikian (Bacilli, extremophiles)
Assoc. Prof. Mrs. Narine Ghazanchyan (Bacilli, entomopathogens)
Dr. Ms. Zoya Avagyan (Non-sporeforming bacteria)
Dr. Ms. Karine Chitchyan (Lactobacteria)
Assoc. Prof. Mrs. Sona Gevorgyan (Fungi inperfecti)
Assoc. Prof. Mrs. Nune Khachaturyan (Fungi)
Assoc. Prof. Mr. Karen Darbinyan (Molecular genotyping)
Assoc. Prof. Ms. Astghik Harutyunyan (Databases)
Assoc. Prof. Mr. Paruyr Tadevosyan (Entomopathogens)
Assoc. Prof. Mrs. Tamara Davidyan (Non-sporeforming bacteria)
Mrs. Larisa Cholakhyan (Yeast, acetobacteria)
Assoc. Prof. Mr. Hrant Harutyunyan (Biophysics)
Mrs. Anush Hakobyan (Basidiomycetes)
Number of Staff Bacteriology (7)
Assistants (5)
Mycology (3)
Computer specialist (2)
Cell biology (1)
Entomopathogenic bacteria (2)
Engineers (2)
Technicians (8)
Total (30)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Applied microbiology
Culture and preservation methods
Environmental protection
Food science
General microbiology
Systematics and taxonomy
Microbial biofuels
Microbiological transformation
Molecular genotyping
Insects microbial pathology
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freeze-dry(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Streptomyces)
Liquid N2(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Streptomyces)
Subculturing(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Streptomyces)
Control of the culture Microscopic analysis
Dispersing on nutrient agar
Morphological and biochemical patterns
Insecticidal action
Molecular genotyping
Deposit to your collection
to other collections in your country
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
the collection abroadVKM(Russia)
the collection abroadATCC(USA)
the collection abroadDSMZ(Germany)
the collection abroadIFO, JCM, JFCC(Japan)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Bacteria 10000 8000 10 8
Fungi 1100 700 2 2
Yeasts 400 100 4 4
Cyanobacteria 15 13 2 2
Microalgae 5 3 2 1
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)
Bacteria 9000 7500 8 8 20 18
Fungi 1000 500 2 2 5 5
Yeasts 300 50 4 4 12 12
Cyanobacteria 10 2 1 1
Microalgae 5 3 1 1 2 2
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability exchange with other Collections
fee for for educational use: US $30.00
fee for for strains: US $50 - 200
fee for for industrial strains: by Agreement
fee for for special strains: by Agreement
9. Catalogue
10. Services
Services Patent deposits(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts)
Storage service(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts)
Distribution(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts)
Identification(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, including molecular genotyping)
Training Management of a culture collection
Culture and preservation methods
Quality control
Use of computers in culture collections
Numerical Taxonomy
Probabilistic identification
Insecticidal activity
Use of computer in culture collections
Methods of DNA isolation and purification
Molecular genotyping methods
Consulation about Patent deposits
Shipment regulations
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 2000-05-18
Date of Reply 2014-11-03