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National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (NCIM)


At the suggestions of Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar, Director, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research India, "The National Collection of Type Cultures" (NCTC) was started in 1941 at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, under the direction of Prof. M. Sreenivasaya.

In 1951, the culture collection was transferred to the then Biochemistry Division of the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, under the direction of Dr. M. Damodaran. In 1956, it was decided that the culture collection will maintain only organisms of value to research and industry and hence the name was changed from NCTC to National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms (NCIM). NCIM was designated as a Resource Centre of NCL in 2002. NCIM consists of around 3700 strains of algae, bacteria, fungi and yeast. Only nonpathogenic cultures are maintained in the collection. NCIM is one of the largest culture collections in India and is a member of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC).

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