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Workshop on ‘Statistical Methods in Microbiome Research’ from 16-20th December 2019 Click here for details


In honour of Dr. Tapan Chakrabarti's contribution in the field of microbial taxonomy Dr. Avinash Sharma and his team at NCMR-NCCS described a novel genus Chakrabartia godavariana on his name Read the fulll article here





















About us

National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR) started as Microbial Culture Collection (MCC) in 2009 with a mandate to preserve and catalogue diversity of bacteria collected from different ecological niches from all over India and to make them available for biotechnological exploitation by researchers. With excellent infrastructure and expertise in microbial taxonomy and long term preservation it started offering in 2013 various services involving microorganisms. In April 2017 MCC was transformed as a Centre of Excellence for National Centre for Microbial Resource (NCMR). It plays a crucial role as custodian of microbial diversity of India.

With more than 180000 microorgnisms in its collection NCMR is the largest culture collection in the world and single-handedly lifted India to 3rd place among countries having collection of microorganisms. It was recognised in April 2009 as an International Depository Authority (IDA) for the deposit of microorganisms for the purposes of patent procedures under the Budapest Treaty by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva.  NCMR also got recognition as a Designated National Repository under the Biodiversity Act of 2002 from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. It is an affiliate member of the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) and registered with the World Data Centre for Microorganisms.


Service activities

Services offered by NCMR may be categorised in four broad areas:

  1. Deposit of microorganisms (archaea, bacteria, fungi and plasmids) for publications, security, national and international patent applications.
  2. Supply of authentic microbial cultures for teaching, research and quality control programmes.
  3. Identification and polyphasic characterisation of microorganisms.
  4. Human resource development (conducting workshops, mentoring post-graduate and Ph.D. students for their dissertation works, home away teaching and organising relevant conferences).


Research activities

Service activities of NCMR is strongly supported by active research activities of its excellent scientific staff in the areas of microbial diversity, ecology, taxonomy using both conventional and molecular approaches and metagenomics. NCMR has been a pioneer in the field of human microbiome research. These activities have yielded national and international recognition for the scientists and an impressive list of publications in high impact journals.


 “Service for Science and Science for Service”