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The Microbial Culture Collection (MCC), is a national facility funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. MCC is affiliated to National Centre for Cell Science, Pune, India and is an affiliate member of the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) and is registered with the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM, registeration number 930). The main objectives of MCC are to act as a national depository, to supply authentic microbial cultures and to provide related services to the scientific community working in research institutions, universities and industries.
MCC was recognized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland as an International Depository Authority (IDA) on April, 2011. The deposit of microorganisms under the Budapest Treaty is recognized to fulfill the requirement of patent procedure in 55 member countries.
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India has designated MCC as a National Repository for microorganisms under the Biological Diversity Act 2002 vide its Order No. 26-15/2007-CSC dated 8th July 2013
MCC scientists are actively involved in research programmes in microbial diversity, metagenomics, ecology and taxonomy using both classical and molecular approaches.