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Curator of the ICMP

Submitted by Bevan Weir on 15 August, 2012 - 22:15

From July this year I am now the curator of the International Collection of Microorganisms from Plants (ICMP) held by Landcare Research in Auckland, New Zealand. This is recognised as a “nationally significant collection” by the NZ government, and is registered as WDCM 589.

The ICMP has a large collection of Bacteria and Fungi isolated from plants and the natural environment. Many of these are important plant pathogens.

I have put together some statistics on the collection below:

 

Number of cultures

Number of Types

Bacteria

9229

558

Fungi

9151

109

Yeast

89

0

Total

18469

667

 

Top 10 countries represented in the ICMP

Types in the ICMP

You can read more about the collection on the ICMP website, including a section I wrote on the history of the collection.

There are two options for searching the collection, one using the “SCD” interface (has all strain details), and another using the NZFungi2 interface (better searching by name, links to the SCD).