Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Valencia
Catedrático Agustín Escardino, 9, Parc Científic Universitat de València, Valencia, PO: 46980 (Spain)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Under construction since 1960
Being upgraded since 2011
Operational since 1977
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The beginning of the Spanish Type Culture Collection (CECT) goes back to 1960, when the Prof. Dr. J.R. Villanueva began to collect and keep microbial strains in his laboratory at the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. In 1968 it moved to the University of Salamanca and, from there to the University of País Vasco (1974) in Bilbao. In 1977 the CECT joined the World Federation on Culture Collections (WFCC) and in 1983 the European Culture Collections' Organization (ECCO). Since 1980 it is located in the University of Valencia, becoming a service of that University in 1991. In 1992 it obtained recognition as an International Depositary Authority for storing microorganisms for patent purposes in accordance with the Budapest Treaty (IDA).Currently, the CECT continues to be the only official collection of microorganisms of public nature in Spain that keeps and supplies bacteria, filamentous fungi and yeasts. It is evolving to become a Microbial Resource Centre (Biological Resource Centre for Microorganisms) in accordance to OECD guidelines.

RI Keywords
Microbial preservation / conservation, Culture collection, ISO 9001, Microbial identification, BRC, International depository authority (IDA)
RI Category
Reference material repositories
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Biological and Medical Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Engineering and Energy
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Strain supply

Supply of bacteria, archaea, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Strain identification

Identification of bacteria, archaea, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Strain deposit

Deposit of bacteria, archaea, filamentous fungi and yeast. Types of deposit: - Public. The strains are available to the whole community. - Safe. The distribution of the strain is restricted. - For patent purposes. Regulated by the Budapest Treaty.

Training and consultancy

Training and consultancy in topics related to microbial resources: Preservation, authentication, collection management and others.

Gas Chromatograph (GC) Agilent 6850

FATTY acid methyl ester analysis for microbial identification.


Drying of samples (microorganisms and other cell types) for long-term storage.

Additional Data
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)