Korean Collection for Type Cultures (KCTC), located within the
Biological Resources Center (BRC) in the
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) , was
recognized by the government in 1985 as an official organization to support
biotechnological research in Korea. KCTC joined the
World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) in 1985 and the
World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) in 1986. It has also
gained status as an International Depositary Authority (IDA) from the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in June 1990,
which was based on the
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of
Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure.
KCTC has a wide and systematic collection of materials comprising
microorganisms, animal and plant cell lines, and patent strains from
domestic and international sources. It performs scientific
research, including taxonomic studies and screening of industrially
significant organisms. Every research outcome is added to the databases that
are open to the general public. Meanwhile, we always make efforts to provide
better basic services such as the collection and distribution of biological
materials and patent related matters.
All information on our resources is available through the world
wide web, and on-line ordering of organisms is possible. KCTC works hard to
provide high quality services to the whole research community.