Culture Collection of Antimicrobial Resistant Microbes

Eunju Shin
Culture Collection of Antimicrobial Resistant Microbes,
Department of Biology, Seoul Women’s University

Treatment for disease caused by antimicrobial resistant microbes has emerged as a critical issue worldwide. The abuse of antimicrobial in clinical as well as agricultural products in Korea has led to a high rate of occurrence of antimicrobial resistant microbes. There is a demand for communication and cooperation between researchers in diverse fields in order to solve the resistant to antimicrobials. Culture Collection of Antimicrobial Resistant Microbes (CCARM) was established in 1999 by Prof. Yeonhee Lee as the first director to play the central role in making that happen. CCARM is supported by of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology/National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). At present, we collect antimicrobial resistant microbes from clinical, agricultural animals and products, and environmental fields, and classify and store them according to their origins, species and antimicrobial resistance mechanisms. To date, CCARM has a collection of over 20,000 strains of bacteria and yeast from 100 genera. We provide antimicrobial resistant microbes with known mechanism and antimicrobial resistance information in a systemic and organized manner. CCARM has been members of Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) since 2000, World Federation for Culture Collection & World Data Center for Microorganisms (WFCC-WDCM) since 2003, ISBER (International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories) since 2007, Korea National Research Resource Center (KNRRC) since 2008, and Biological Repositories since 2009. We expect to develop progress further by introducing operation and management techniques that have been proven effective internationally such as developing domestic and international network of biological resource centers in the future.