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What is CIRM?

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The International Center for Microbial Resources (CIRM)

The CIRM is a Biological Resource Centre created by INRA and several partners as a network to host its collections of microorganisms.

CIRM, managed by INRA, preserves over 15.000 isolates of plant associated bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, food bacteria, agro-food yeasts and filamentous fungi.

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CIRM has been accorded the label "Strategic National Platform" by the Evolution committee of INRA platforms (CNOC) in 2013.

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CIRM received the IBiSA label in 2008.

The CIRM is distributed over 5 dedicated geographical sites:


All the sites have the following generic activities:

  • preservation and exploration of microbial biodiversity,
  • authentication, characterization and distribution of microorganisms,
  • increase the provisions of strains through the integration of INRA collections and by the collection of strains from various biotopes.

CIRM aims to:

  • manage and valorize its collections by making them available to the international scientific community,
  • constitute a platform to explore microbial biodiversity,
  • develop new tools for authentication, typing and characterization of strains,
  • perform services.

INRA partners are:

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