1. Collection
Registered Number 400
Acronym ITM
Full Name Belgian Coordinated Collections of Microorganisms Mycobacterial Culture Collection
Institution Institute Tropical Medicine
ISO Standard ISO 9001:2015
2. Correspondent
Correspondent Dr. Leen Rigouts
Postal Address Nationalestraat 155,Antwerpen,Antwerpen,2000
Country Belgium
Telephone 1 +32 (0)3 247 6551
Fax 1 +32 (0)3 247 6333
E-mail 1 bccm.itg@itg.be
E-mail 2 lrigouts@itg.be
Homepage http://www.bccm.belspo.be 
3. Status of the collection
Status Semi-governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor Belspo - National Government
5. Personnel
Director Dr. Leen Rigouts
E-Mail:lrigouts@itg.be
Curator Mrs. Sari Cogneau  (curator - WGS)
E-mail:scogneau@itg.be
Dr. Leen Rigouts  (curator - mycobacteriology - drug resistance)
E-mail:lrigouts@itg.be
Number of Staff Bacteriology (2)
Director - curator (2)
quality manager (1)
Total (5)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Freeze drying
Molecular biology
Systematics and taxonomy
Mycobacteriology
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freeze-dry(Mycobacteria)
Thermolysates(Mycobacteria)
gDNA(Mycobacteria)
Ultrafreezer(Mycobacteria)
Control of the culture viability (growth on specific medium)
purity (absence of growth on blood agar plate)
authenticity (16S/rpoB sequencing + additional genotypic/phenotypic tests if needed)
Deposit to your collection
Source(s) of strains for people in this country: isolated by or introduced from Isolation by ourselves
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
mycobacteria 898 181 93 24
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)
mycobacteria 194 2
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability fee for profit - non profit
9. Catalogue
Catalogue Included in a regional catalogue BCCM
Catalogue Computerized http://bccm.belspo.be/catalogues/itm-catalogue-search
10. Services
Services Storage service(mycobacteria (public and safe deposit))
Distribution(viable bacilli, thermolysates and gDNA)
Training Management of a culture collection
Culture and preservation methods
Other Service phenotypic identification
genotypic identification by target sequencing (16S and rpoB)
drug-susceptibility testing Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 1981-10-26
Date of Reply 2019-07-08
12. Strains
Bacteria