1. Collection
Registered Number 637
Acronym MAFF
Full Name NARO Genebank, Microorganism Section
Institution Genetic Resources Center, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Institution Photo
2. Correspondent
Correspondent Dr. Takayuki AOKI
Postal Address 2-1-2 Kannondai,Tsukuba,Ibaraki,305-8602
Country Japan
Telephone 1 (81) 29-838-7053
Telephone 2 (81) 29-838-7058
Fax 1 (81) 29-838-7054
Fax 2 (81) 29-838-7408
E-mail 1 genebank@naro.affrc.go.jp
E-mail 2 taoki@affrc.go.jp
Homepage https://www.gene.affrc.go.jp/about-micro_en.php 
3. Status of the collection
Status Semi-governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
5. Personnel
Director Dr. Dr. Hiroshi Nemoto
Curator Dr. Takayuki Aoki  (Fungi (incl. Yeasts))
Dr. Hiroyuki Sawada  (Bacteria)
Dr. Toshirou Nagai  (Bacteria (incl. Bacteriophage))
Dr. Tamaki Ichiki  (Virus (Plant pathogenic))
Dr. Shihomi Uzuhashi  (Fungi)
Number of Staff Bacteriology (2)
Mycology (2)
Virology (2)
Computer specialist (2)
Assistants (10)
Total (18)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Agriculture
Applied microbiology
Environmental protection
Molecular biology
Food science
Plant pathology
Systematics and taxonomy
Cell biology
Culture and preservation methods
Freeze drying
General microbiology
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freeze-dry(Bacteria, Yeasts, Fungi)
L-drying(Viruses (on plant tissue))
Liquid N2(Fungi, Yeasts, Viruses (on plant tissue), Cell lines)
subcultureing on plants(Viroids, Tree viruses)
subcultureing on plants(Plant parasitic nematodes)
Control of the culture Morphology
Pathogenicity tests
Biochemical tests
DNA sequencing
Deposit to your collection
to other collections in your country
CBS(The Netherlands)
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(The Netherlands)
the collection abroadIMI(UK)
the collection abroadDSMZ(Germany)
the collection abroadNRRL(USA)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Bacteria 10951 9851
Fungi 17969 16454
Yeasts 838 566
Protozoa 64 58
Viruses: animal 783 781
Viruses: plants 353 353
Viruses: Bacteria 107 107
Mycoplasmas 202 202
Phytoplasma 19 19
Viroids 16 16
Nematodes 143 143
Cellular slime mold 5 5
Actinomycetes 318 316
Rickettsia 7 7
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)
Viruses: animal
Viruses: plants
Viruses: Bacteria
Cellular slime mold
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability fee for ca. US $68.00 or 49 EUR (6,700 yen within Japan)
9. Catalogue
Catalogue Online Catalogue http://www.gene.affrc.go.jp/databases-micro_search_en.php
10. Services
Services Distribution(Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses (mainly related to plants, bacteria))
Consulation about Preservation
Identification (Fungi)
Other Service Management of the Database of Plant Diseases in Japan
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 2002-07-25
Date of Reply 2016-12-08
12. Strains
Bacteria Fungi Viruses_bacteria Viruses_plants