The Institute of Microbiology, IMCAS
No.1 West Beichen Road
+86 10 64807462
The Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS) was founded on December 3, 1958. It is a national comprehensive research institution that performs a wide spectrum of basic and applied research in the field of microbiology. IMCAS is committed to three missions: basic and applied research targeting national strategic needs and world-class frontier sciences, thinking tank for the government, and graduate student training.
Based on the long term goals of the CAS's Knowledge Innovation Project, which the IMCAS jointed in 2001, it has established five key laboratories or departments, namely State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources, CAS Key Laboratory of Systematic Mycology and Lichenology, Department of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, Department of Agricultural Microbiology & Biotechnology, and Department of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology.
The institute harbors supporting centers/platforms to serve scientific researches, i.e. the culture collection center, the microbial analytical center, the center for technology and information, and the high-throughput screening platform. The culture collection center harbors the largest fungal herbarium in Asia with over 400,000 specimens, and the biggest culture collection in China, with 17,000 isolates of microorganisms. This center is entitled one of international preservative bases by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) according to the Budapest Treaty.