NBRC Introduction


NITE Biological Resource Center (NBRC) has been expanding its collection of various microbial resources such as bacteria including actinomycetes and archaea, yeasts, fungi, algae, bacteriophages and DNA resources and providing such resources for academic research and industrial applications. NBRC is a member of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), OECD, Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM), and Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources (ACM). Since 2006, NBRC is certified by quality management system ISO 9001.


Ordering strains

For ordering strains, please refer to the following webpage.

1. Strain search

All the strains preserved at NBRC can be found in the NBRC Culture Catalogue.

The online catalogue is a database search system for microbial strains distributed by the NBRC. You can perform a search by entering the strain number, scientific name, source locality and keywords. Our database also provides sequence data, culturing condition, and original source.



For searching strains in the database, please refer to the following webpage.

2. Conditions for distribution and utilization

Please make sure to obtain appropriate permit for strains which are under regulation(s) for distribution. All information such as regulation, biosafety level, culturing condition of the strain are described at NBRC online catalog.

If your government agency requires a document for importing, please send us the form along with the order sheet.

Please refer to the following webpage for the detailed conditions

3. Order Sheet

For placing an order, please download the following forms and fill-in.

  • Order sheet (Microorganism)
  • Agreement of Biological Resource Transfer and Treatment

Forms are available at:

Once the order sheet is completed, send it to the following address by postal mail, facsimile or e-mail.

Biological Resource Center (NBRC),
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE)
2-5-8 Kazusakamatari, Kisarazu-shi, Chiba 292-0818 JAPAN
FAX: +81-438-52-2329
E-mail: nbrc-order@nite.go.jp

4. Payment

Price list is available at:

We accept payment by bank remittance or credit card (VISA or Master). We do not accept payment by cash or check.

5. Shipping

We can ship a strain after verifying your payment.
We dispatch a strain as L-dried (glass ampoule), Frozen-thawed culture disc (plastic tube) and/or living culture (slant, vial bottle, and so on) by Express Mail Service (EMS).

6. Reactivation of strain culture

On receipt of the strain culture, please reactivate as soon as possible following the methods included in the package. You can obtain information to revive the strain culture, from “instruction for cultures” below. Please don’t hesitate to send us any further questions.

Instructions for Reactivating Cultures




Above;L-dried culture (glass ampoule)
Below;Frozen-thawed culture (plastic tube)Instructions for cultures


Deposit of biological materials

NBRC accepts deposit of biological materials that are newly named or having potential usefulness for academic and industrial uses. We assign NBRC number to the deposited biological materials and will make them available to the public.

Deposit procedures are available at:

For acceptable biological materials, please refer to the following webpage

Patent Deposit

NITE Patent Microorganisms Depositary (NPMD) and International Patent Organism Depositary (IPOD) are designated as International Depositary Authorities (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty. NPMD and IPOD accept, preserve and furnish patent biological materials.

Outline of NPMD and IPOD is available at:



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