CECT

(Biotechnology, Medicine and Health)

Introduction

The Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT) is the only public Microbial Resource Centre in Spain, which acts as a depository and supplier of bacteria, archaea, yeasts and filamentous fungi.  It is an International Authority for the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purpose of Patents, in accordance with the Budapest Treaty.

It belongs to the University of Valencia and endeavours to encourage the development of bio-technology based on microbiology, offering services to both the scientific community and the business sector.  It has an extensive portfolio of strains with potential commercial applications in areas such as probiotics, oenology, pest bio-control, soil fertilisation and bio-remediation, amongst others.

The main services offered by the CECT are:  deposit, conservation, supply and identification of micro-organisms;  extraction, preservation and supply of DNA; training of personnel in the management, cultivation and conservation of microorganisms;  advice on nomenclature and taxonomy and lyophilization upon request.

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CECT

Technology offer

Technical Specifications
  • Forms of Deposit  
    • Public deposit:  the strains deposited are available to the national and international scientific community, both in academic and industrial institutions.  Free deposit
    • Restricted deposit:  the distribution of micro-organisms is restricted according to the depositor's instructions.  Any information regarding the deposit, and the nature of the micro-organism, is treated with absolute confidentiality.  Subject to rate.
    • Deposit for patent purposes in accordance with the Budapest Treaty:  strains of bacteria, archaea, filamentous fungi and yeasts.
    • Supply:  types of presentations:
    • Articult 3R:  active crop + reserve.  Ready for immediate use. Normal delivery time less than 15 days.
    • CECT 6R:  reserve cryovials already inoculated.  Freezer storage. Normal delivery time less than 7 days.
    • Lyophilus:  inactive dried culture.  Conservation at room temperature.  It requires opening, hydration and sowing.  Normal delivery time less than 7 days
    • Active cultivation:  ready for immediate use. Normal delivery time less than 15 days
  • Identification of eukaryotes (Filamentous Fungi and Yeast) and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) by phenotypic, genetic-molecular and chemotaxonomic techniques.
  • Extraction, conservation and supply of DNA from strains received, or from existing strains in the CECT.
  • Post-graduate course at the University of Valencia: "Certificate in Conservation and Control of Microbial Strains" (82.5 hours) with 3 ECTS credits.
  • Lyophilisation of samples on request.
Benefits of Technology

INNOVATIVE ASPECTS

  • Presentations of easy-to-use strains not usually offered by the collections:  Acticult 3R and CECT 6R. They avoid the recovery step of the strain from the lyophilised and simplify manipulation.
  • New identification techniques through chemotaxonomy.
    • MIDI system for the analysis of fatty acids.  Technique very much demand at present for the description of new species of some groups of prokaryotes.
    • Analysis of cellular proteins by MALDI-TOF:  It allows the provision of useful profiles to identify and group together isolated specimens.
  • Strains for quality control, in accordance with the UNE-CEN ISO/TS 11133 standard:  the CECT has strains equivalent to the WDCM reference required by the standard.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

  • Collection of ample bio-diversity.  Among its more than 7000 strains, it hosts numerous microbial groups of potential bio-technological interest and has expert staff in its cultivation, maintenance and taxonomy.
  • Long experience and international activity.  Registered in the World Directory of Cultivation Collections (WDCM) since 1977, and a member of the European Organisation of Cultivation Collections (ECCO) since 1983.
  • Since 1992 the only International Depositary Authority (IDA) in Spain, in accordance with the Budapest Treaty, for the deposit of bacteria, archaea, filamentous fungi and yeasts for patent purposes.
  • Service of the University of Valencia since 1991, certified for the ISO 9001:  2000 and ISO 9001: 2008 standards, currently in the process of implementing the OECD quality standards for Biological Resource Centres (BRC).
Technology Applications
  • As reference strains for:
    • Quality controls in which micro-organisms intervene.
    • Clinical studies.
    • Taxonomic
    • Educational purposes.
  •  In bio-remediation of soil and water, and to obtain bio-fuels.
  • In the agri-food field:
    • In bio-technological processes of any kind in which micro-organisms intervene, from the classic fermentations to the obtaining of numerous chemical products.
    • As growth promoters and to increase soil fertility.
    • For biological pest control
    • As probiotics.
    • As nutraceuticals.
Sectors to which company is directed
  • Agri-food, clinical, bio-technological, pharmaceutical, environmental, cosmetic, tanning, manufacturers of culture media, metal, plastic, chemical, etc.

Contact information

Rosa AznarDirectordireccion@cect.org Phone: (+34) 963 544 612