1. Collection
Registered Number 214
Acronym IMI
Full Name CABI Genetic Resource Collection
Institution CAB International (CABI)
2. Correspondent
Correspondent Dr. David Smith
Postal Address Bakeham Lane,Egham,Surrey,TW20 9TY
Country U.K.
Telephone 1 (44) 1491-829000
Telephone 2 (44) 1491-829063
Fax 1 (44) 1491-829100
E-mail 1 d.smith@cabi.org
E-mail 2 m.ryan@cabi.org
Homepage http://www.cabi.org/ 
3. Status of the collection
Status Inter-Governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor CAB International
2 percent funded by owner governments
98 percent self supporting
5. Personnel
Director Dr. Richard Shaw
Curator Dr. Matthew J. Ryan (Fungal culture preservation, collection management)
Dr. David Smith (BRC management and policy)
Number of Staff Bacteriology (2)
Mycology (3)
Assistants (3)
Nematology (1)
Molecular Biology (3)
Industrial Microbiology (2)
Administration (2)
Culture Preservation (2)
Curator (1)
Total (19)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Agriculture
Applied microbiology
Culture and preservation methods
Developmental biology
Environmental protection
Food science
Freeze drying
General microbiology
Industrial microbiology
Molecular biology
Plant pathology
Systematics and taxonomy
Invasive Species
Biopesticides and Biocontrol
Fungal Phylogenetics
Plant Pathology
Crop Protection
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freeze-dry(Fungi , Bacteria)
Freezer(Fungi, Bacteria)
Liquid N2(Fungi, Bacteria, Nematodes)
Subculturing(Fungi, Bacteria, Nematodes)
Oil storage(Fungi)
Silica gel(Fungi)
Control of the culture Purity and viability ( macro & microscopically ) growth tests
Microscopical examination by biosystematist - specialist
Molecular - sequencing
Pre and post preservation growth tests
Confirmation of some metabolite or enzyme properties for selected strains
Operate to UKNCC and CABRI Quality management systems
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 abroadATCC(USA)
the collection abroadCBS(Netherlands)
the collection abroadDSMZ(Germany)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Bacteria 1739 149
Fungi 27000 4000
Yeasts 261 40
Plant Parasitic Nematodes 50 0
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 1927 171
Fungi 27485 4846
Yeasts 421 94
Plant Parasitic Nematodes 50 0
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability free to reputable scientists (on exchange) where strains meet the accession criteria of the collection
exchange with Recognised collections
fee for $220
9. Catalogue
Catalogue Catalogue Computerized http://cabi.bio-aware.com/
10. Services
Services Patent deposits(IDA under Budapest Treaty)
Storage service(Fungi and Bacteria)
Distribution(Fungi, Bacteria, DNA, Culture Extracts)
Identification(Fungi, Bacteria)
Training Management of a culture collection
Culture and preservation methods
Quality control
Industrial mycology
Consulation about Patent deposits
Shipment regulations
Industrial problems
Biodiversity issues
Organism / product stability
Molecular Biology
Natural product / small molecule extract and screening
Other Service Scientific Publishing and Information Services
Plant Health
Invasive species management
International Development
Food Security
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 1981-10-26
Date of Reply 2016-01-04
12. Strains
Bacteria Fungi