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Bacterial "species": Introduction to microbial culture collection and identification


23-24 October

Responsable de l'activité

Pilar Junier


Dr Gottfried Dasen, Zurich University of Applied Sciences


 Dr. Theo Smits, ZHAW, Institute of Natural Resource Sciences, IUNR.

Research Group for Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology

Dr. Gottfried Dasen, ZHAW, Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, ICBT.

Research Group for Micro- and Molecular Biology CCOS, Culture Collection of Switzerland AG

Contact: Dr. Gottfried Dasen, - -



In this course, the participants are introduced to the current identification techniques for micro-organisms on the species level and get a brief introduction into bacterial taxonomy. In practical exercises, the participants can test different identification methods and compare the results. The following techniques will be introduced: MALDI TOF, fatty acid and biochemical profiling, partial DNA sequencing and whole genome sequencing.
We will address the requirements for the description of new species and the procedure for such a deposit in a culture collection.
The basics and principles of a culture collection will be discussed with the Culture Collection of Switzerland (CCOS) as example, including a visit to the facilities of the CCOS. Together, we will define the principles on how to preserve cultures, manage a collection and formulate the necessary quality criteria to maintain in house collections.
Further topics will be biosafety and biosecurity issues as well as requirement for strain acqui-sition in respect to the Nagoya Protocol.


Campus Reidbach




Material required for the course:

Please take with you a laptop capable of internet access. The ZHAW provides internet access through Eduroam, make sure you know how to access your Eduroam account.Please bring along also a lot of questions!

Date and time:

Monday, October 23, 2017, 09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 09:00 – 17:00



Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity; meal expenses (1meal/day) up to 25CHF/meal; lodgement accomodation (1 night) up to CHF 90.-/night

Reimbursement form attached with original tickets has to be sent to: CUSO Microbiologie, Aline Kopf, Institut de Biologie, Rue Emile-Argand 11, CH-2000 Neuchâtel Email: microbiologie[@]



Deadline for registration 15.10.2017
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