Biological resources | EMBRC

Biological resources

The provision of marine biological resources for research purposes is a fundamental service of EMBRC-ERIC, including:

  • Biobanks
  • Culture collections
  • Marine model organisms
  • Sampling upon request

Organisms are generally made available at the EMBRC-ERIC nodes but some organisms, laboratory cultures, cell lines, tissues, tissue cultures and DNA can be provided remotely (by courier), subject to Material Transfer Agreements stipulating terms and conditions of use, including guidelines for proper disposal and environmental protection. Provision of some organisms may be restricted by seasonal occurrence or abundance.

EMBRC-ERIC guarantees conformity with national and international regulations concerning collection, maintenance/cultivation and shipping of biological resources. Ethical standards and nature conservation requirements limit the availability and/or types of research on certain species such as mammals, turtles and those on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Strict adherence to ethical standards and 3R policies (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) will be ensured. Ethical issues will be overseen by the EMBRC-ERIC Ethical board.

Examples of culture collections include: Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), the Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC), the Plymouth Culture Collection of Marine Microalgae, and the MOLA collection of bacterial strains



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