Who we are

The UKBRCN comprises of 14 partner collections: 




Host Organisation


Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Department of Food and Rural Affairs

Animal and plant microbes

CABI Genetic Resource Collection

CABI International

Fungi* Bacteria*, Nematodes*, Phytoplasma*, Yeasts*


Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP)

Scottish Association for Marne Science

Cyanobacteria, Algae*, Protozoa*


Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

Department of Food and Rural Affairs



European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC)

UK Health Security Agency

Cell lines*, Stem cells


Kew Scientific Collections

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Seed bank, Fungi


National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria (NCIMB)

Private Company



National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC)

UK Health Security Agency


National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF)

UK Health Security Agency

 Fungi*, Yeasts*

National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV)

UK Health Security Agency



National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria (NCPPB)

Food and Environment Research Agency



National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC)

Quadram Institute Biosciences



National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls (NIBSC) - UK Stem Cell Bank

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency 

 Stem Cells



Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum


 *Identification services available for these organisms using a range of molecular, biochemical and taxonomic techniques. Contact the individual collections to request more details.