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Journal of Culture Collections
J Cult Collect

Published/Hosted by Bioline International. ISSN: 1310-8360.

Journal of Culture Collections publishes research papers with original results in the field of collection and preservation of microbial and cell cultures and viruses. Different aspects of these topics will be interesting: taxonomic, biochemical and molecular biological investigations. Manuscripts of Bulgarian and foreign collections including subcollections of different scientific institutions are preferred. The publisher of the Journal of Culture Collections is the National Bank for Industrial Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (NBIMCC), Sofia. Founded in 1983 by the Government of Republic of Bulgaria, NBIMCC is juristically independent research institute, financed by the state budget. NBIMCC is a member of the World Federation of Culture Collections and European Culture Collections Organisation, recognised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation as Independent Depository Institute, authorised to accept and safe-keep microbial specimens for the purposes of patent procedures. Objects of collecting are bacteria and actinomycetes, fungi, plasmid-bearing microorganisms, animal viruses and cell lines, plant viruses. By the end of 2002 the specimens preserved were more than 7500 strains. Collecting activity is a specific and narrow scientific area. Hundreds of collections worldwide deal with similar scientific problems and publish in different journals. This fact makes difficulties in gathering data about the collection, the conservation and the preservation of microbiological objects. The accumulated statistic information connected with different criteria, which were followed during the long-term conservation of the specimens, is of great importance for this kind of investigations. These data are useful for the specialised research groups, but of limited interest for publication in series of scientific journals. It is possible that optimal decisions regarding a certain problem have been already found and meanwhile other collections to continue working on them. In our opinion a possible alternative is to combine scientific information of similar kind in a journal of culture collections, which will include research, research-applied materials, as well as papers of practical importance. Their value could be evaluated namely by the narrow specialists in collecting and preserving.

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