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.

Further useful microbiological sites on the Internet.


WFCC Task Forces and Activities WFCC Bylaws Microbiological sites
WFCC Statutes The Endangered Collection Task Group (ECTG)

WFCC Committees