Providing cultures

Our cultures of microorganisms can be used by clinical, research and industrial laboratories, universities and other scientific institutions in the Czech Republic and abroad.

What cultures do we offer?

The CCM maintains over 3,400 strains of bacteria and archaea (about 1,700 species) and 800 strains of filamentous fungi and yeasts (about 550 species) with a wide range of applications. In 2011, the spectrum of microorganisms was expanded to include a collection of staphylococcal bacteriophages and their host strains. All cultures provided by CCM are listed in the catalogue of cultures.

Based on the OECD Best Practice Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres (OECD, 2007), we only supply cultures to microbiology laboratories that have the appropriate facilities, trained staff and meet the specific safety requirements for handling biological materials.

Catalogue of cultures

Quality control strains

In addition to type cultures, reference and production strains, and cultures degrading various substrates, we offer a selected group of more than 200 quality control strains, which we supply either lyophilized or in the form of gelatin disks. The spectrum of quality control strains is constantly expanding according to the requirements of practice.

Quality control strains

How to order


1. Registration

We provide cultures only to registered customers.

To register, it is necessary to fill in and send the Customer Account Form together with the first order. We will then assign you a customer number, which is listed on each delivery note as "Your ID". It is sufficient to state this customer number in future e-mail orders.

2. Order

Select the desired strains from the Catalogue of Cultures.

You can send us your order by e-mail to or by post to the CCM.

Please clearly state the number, form and names of the ordered strains, including the CCM numbers in the order.

3. Delivery

We send cultures to customers via a courier service.

Customer pick-up in person at the CCM is only possible if the culture is taken away by the customer's collection vehicle, which is intended for the transport of infectious material.

By accepting the cultures, the customer accepts the conditions of the provider specified in the Material Transfer Agreement and takes all responsibility for handling them in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

We will help you with the selection

If you have a requirement for a culture designed for specific purposes, we will select and offer you the optimal strain with suitable characteristics. Do not hesitate to contact us.


Price list of cultures

  • Cultures of microorganisms are supplied for a fee.
  • Cultures for the needs of education are provided free of charge to the departments of the Faculty of Science MU in Brno.

Price list

Frequently asked questions

In what form are cultures provided?

Most cultures are provided in lyophilized form. If required by the customer, it is also possible to provide cultures in active form.

Quality control strains are supplied lyophilized or on gelatin disks.

What is the delivery period?

Lyophilisate - immediately upon receipt of a written order

Gelatin disks - up to 5 weeks after receiving a written order

What risk groups do preserved cultures belong to?

The CCM stores only microorganisms in risk groups 1 and 2.

According to international standards, microorganisms are classified into 4 risk groups in accordance with the WHO (World Health Organization), ACDP (Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens) and Einstufung von Pilzen in Risikogruppen (TRBA 460):

Group 1: microorganisms that are unlikely to cause disease in humans or animals.

Group 2: microorganisms that can cause disease in humans and / or animals. There is usually effective prophylaxis against them and the caused diseases are treatable.

Group 3: microorganisms that cause serious human and / or animal diseases. There is usually effective prophylaxis against them and the caused diseases are treatable.

Group 4: microorganisms that cause serious human and / or animal diseases and there is usually no effective prophylaxis and treatment against them.

I did not find the required strain in the culture catalogue. Is it possible that you still have it?

If you do not find the required strain in the culture catalogue, contact us. The staff of the collection will be happy to provide you with detailed up-to-date information.

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