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
Correspondent Assoc.Prof. Fumie Kasai
Postal Address 16-2, Onogawa,Tsukuba,Ibaraki,305-8506
Country Japan
Telephone 1 (81) 298-50-2556
Fax 1 (81) 298-50-2587
E-mail 1 mcc@nies.go.jp
Homepage http://mcc.nies.go.jp/ 
3. Status of the collection
Status Semi-governmental
5. Personnel
Director Assoc.Prof. Fumie Kasai
Curator Assoc. Prof. Masanobu Kawachi (Systematics)
Assoc. Prof. Mikiya Hiroki (Soil microbiology)
Assoc. Prof. Mayumi Erata (Systematics)
Mrs. Fumi Mori (Cryopreservation)
Dr. Kosei Yumoto (Preservation, DNA analysis)
Assoc. Prof. Mayumi Sato (Systematics)
Mrs. Miwa Ishimoto (Macroalgae preservation)
Dr. Akira Shimizu (Computer specialist)
Number of Staff Algology (7)
Bacteriology (1)
Computer specialist (1)
Total (9)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Applied microbiology
Culture and preservation methods
Environmental protection
General microbiology
Marine biology
Systematics and taxonomy
Evolutionary biology
Environmental science
Ex situ conservation of endangered macroalgae
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Liquid N2(cyanobacteria, unicellular red algae, green algae)
Subculturing(algae, protozoa)
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 culuring in complete medium
Deposit Mainly to our collection
Source(s) of strains for people in this country: isolated by or introduced from From the collections in our country
the collection abroadCCAP(UK)
the collection abroadUTEX(USA)
the collection abroadATCC(USA)
the collection abroadCCMP(USA)
the collection abroadSAG(Germany)
the collection abroadPCC(France)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Algae 2159 0
Protozoa 60 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)
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability Free to Education
Fee for 6300 JPY for universities and public institutions, 10500 JPY for others; plus postal fee
9. Catalogue
10. Services
Services Distribution(Algae and protozoa)
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 2010-07-23
12. Strains
Algae Bacteria Protozoa