Biological Resource Center, NITE (NBRC)

About NBRC online catalogue


This 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, etc. Our database has also sequence data of NBRC strains with implementation of BLAST search.

NBRC Culture Catalogue Search

Use the following fields to search for our strains. If you enter any keywords in two or more fields, only strain(s) that include the queried keywords will be displayed.

Search by

Enter a NBRC strain number (1 to 8 digits). IFO numbers may also be queried because IFO strains have been transferred to the NBRC using the same identification numbers (e.g., IFO 3972 = NBRC 3972).

Phage list
Display the list of all bacterial phage strains.
Advanced search

Scientific Name
Enter a scientific name. A partial name is accepted by the search system because it has been designed to conduct a prefix search. Synonyms can also be searched as long as these have been registered in our database. Abbreviation of a genus name (e.g., E. coli) and common names are not supported by the system.

Other Strain No.
Enter the abbreviation of culture collections followed by a single space and the unique number (e.g., MBIC 10229) to search for the strains derived from the same origin. For the IFO strains, use the top search field. Abbreviation for culture collections are listed in the PDF [PDF:113KB] file.

Type Strain
Check the box to limit the search result for type strains (i.e., taxonomic type strains, including ex-types).

Cultivation Temp.
Enter either or both of the lower and upper limits of the cultivation temperature.

Country of Origin
This pertains to the place where the microbe was initially collected. Select a country from the pull-down menu to limit the search results.

Free Word
Enter any words to search all the fields of our online catalogue.

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Catalogue Detail Information

Our online catalogue shows the following information for each strains.

Unique identifier of the strain in the NBRC.
Country of Origin
Country or national domain where the microbe was collected.

Scientific Name
Genus, species and lower taxonomic units are in bold, followed by the author name(s).
Biosafety Level
BSL indicates the pathogenicity of the strain to humans. Blank means BSL 1. We do not provide strains that have been classified as BSL 3 and 4.

Synonymous Name(s)
Synonyms, and anamorphic and teleomorphic names for eukaryotes.
Known products and applications of the strain.

Type Strain
The taxonomic classification of the strain/ex-type strain (including ex-type of synonyms in eukaryotes).
Mating Type
Sexual compatibility (i.e., homothallic / heterothallic, +/-, A/a) to eukaryotes.

Record of transfers of the strain before it was deposited to the NBRC.
Genetic Marker

Other Culture Collection No.
Other strains isolated from the same origin and preserved in other WFCC-member culture collections. Abbreviation of other culture collections and institutes are shown in this PDF file [PDF:113KB].
Plant Quarantine No.
Japanese Plant Quarantine (JPQ) number and exporting country are shown when relevant. If this number is shown, permission from JPQ is necessary before ordering if this will be used in Japan.

Other No.
Other strain number(s) used by researchers and/or culture collections that are not registered in the WFCC.
Animal Quarantine No.
Japanese Animal Quarantine number.

Rehydration Fluid
Solvent to use to rehydrate the L-dried strain (presearved through liquid-drying and shipped in glass ampoules).
Herbarium No.
Unique specimen identifier of the strain when relevant. See the Index Herbarium for abbreviations.

Recommended medium for cultivation.
* See below column.

Cultivation Temp.
Recommended temperature for cultivation.
Other information

Source of Isolation
Source material that the strain was isolated.
Published reports about the strain.

Locality of Source
The place where the source was collected.
DNA region(s) analyzed and published by the NBRC.
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* Red colored cell(s) indicate Restrictions for distribution.

  • - Plant/Animal Quarantine [For domestic users]
  • - Living Modified Organism (LMO)
  • - Export prohibited by law [For overseas only]
  • - Conclusion of Materials Transfer Agreement (MTA) is required
  • - Deposit with Restriction

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NBRC Culture Homology Search

Sequence homology search against all the sequence data of the NBRC strains and the INSD (International Nucleotide Sequence Database) for bacteria, archaea, algae, fungi and yeasts.

Entry field

Query Sequence
Enter a nucleotide sequence here to search. Do not enter multiple sequences.

Enter the maximum number of BLAST hits to display.

Enter the maximum number of aligned sequences against your query to display.

Enter a value close to zero to minimize the search result (for advanced users).

Other options
If set to -N 0 (zero), you can limit the database to NBRC strains. Advanced settings for the homology search are available as implemented in BLAST of the DDBJ. More details are available at the DDBJ web site.

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NBRC Culture Sequence Download

Enter a scientific name to obtain all the sequences of the species deposited in the NBRC. The results will be shown in multiFASTA format and are downloadable.

Search by

Scientific name
Enter a scientific name. A partial name is accepted by the search system because it has been designed to conduct a prefix search. Synonyms will also be searched as long as these have been registered in our database. Abbreviation of a genus name (e.g., E. coli) and common names are not supported by the system.

Type Strain
Check the box to limit the results for type strains (taxonomic type strains, including ex-types).

Product etc.
Choose a DNA region from the pull-down menu.

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Contact us

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Phone number:+81-438-20-5763
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