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 was maintained at National Institute of Genetics(NIG), Japan in 1997. The WDCM database forms an important information resource for all microbiological activity and also acts as a focus for data activities among WFCC members.

WDCM was transferred to Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS) in 2010. It is a vehicle for networking 726 microbial resource centers of various types of microbes in over 75 developed and developing countries in Culture Collections Information Worldwide database (CCINFO). It also serves as an information resource for the customers of the microbial resource centers. From 2012,WDCM started the initiative to construct an effective information environment called Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM) which provided database management system to culture collections and collect strain catalogue information to form an integrated database. Currently, GCM contains information of over 390,365 strains, which includes 48,335 bacterial, fungal and archaea species from 112 collections in 43 countries and regions.

WDCM was transferred to IMCAS in 2010

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