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BCCM/ULC Cyanobacteria culture collection at the University of Liège (ISO9001 certified)
Citation
Wilmotte A, Beets K (2019): BCCM/ULC Cyanobacteria culture collection at the University of Liège (ISO9001 certified). v1.2. SCAR - Microbial Antarctic Resource System. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.biodiversity.aq/resource?r=bccm_ulc_culture_collection_uliege&v=1.2 https://dx.doi.org/10.15468/jrcrb7

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
BCCM/ULC is a small and dedicated public culture collection, currently containing one of the largest collections of documented (sub)polar cyanobacteria worldwide.

The BCCM/ULC collection is hosted by the Centre for Protein Engineering (the Unit) of the University of Liège. The host Unit is very active in research projects concerning the cyanobacterial diversity and biogeography, with a focus on polar biotopes. The approach used is polyphasic, including the isolation of strains and culture-independent methods (DGGE, clone libraries, pyrosequencing based on the ribosomal operon sequences). The participation to field expeditions in the Antarctic and Arctic has enabled to collect samples in many locations. Moreover, taxonomic research is carried out by the host Unit to improve the classification of the cyanobacterial phylum. It is based on a polyphasic approach combining the morphological and molecular characterizations of the strains. more


The host laboratory has one of the largest research collections of documented (sub)polar cyanobacteria worldwide, with more than 100 strains characterized by phenotypic (morphology based on microscopic observations) and genotypic (16S rRNA and ITS sequences) analyses. The morphological identification shows that the strains belong to the orders Synechococcales, Oscillatoriales, Pleurocapsales, Chroococcidiopsidales and Nostocales. The strains are unicyanobacterial, but not axenic. They are available as living cultures, and the majority is also cryo-preserved (-70°C). BCCM/ULC is progressively incorporating the most interesting strains from the research collection of the host Unit into the public collection. In addition, ongoing research and public deposits from other (more temperate) geographical areas enrich progressively the variety of proposed strains. The public collection now includes the type strain of the recently described species Plectolyngbya hodgsonii (Taton et al., 2011, Polar Biology, 34: 181-191).

Study Extent: The BCCM/ULC cyanobacteria culture collection accepts the deposits (public and safe) of all kinds of cyanobacteria, if they correspond to its cultivation capacities and are not duplicates of already existing strains.

Quality Control: The services of deposits and public distribution are certified by an ISO9001 certificate, since 2012.

Method step description: Upon deposit, the depositors must fill the Accession form that includes the information on the origin and characteristics of the sampling site and of the srain isolated from the sampling site (http://bccm.belspo.be/docs/deposit-forms). These elements are used for the metadata.


Scope
Keywords:
Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Culture collections, World, Cyanobacteria

Geographical coverage

Temporal coverage
From 1997 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Cyanobacteria [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
Université de Liège; BCCM/ULC culture collection, moredata creator

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Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Museum collection
Metadatarecord created: 2019-03-29
Information last updated: 2019-04-10
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