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NZRM Culture Collection

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ESR maintains a culture collection of medically important bacteria. The New Zealand Reference Culture Collection: Medical Section (NZRM) holds over 4,000 strains and supplies reference cultures for quality control, teaching and research. 

NZRM has expertise in the preservation and storage of a range of bacteria and provides advice on strain selection for your specific purposes. The NZRM holds bacterial strains that are of environmental and industrial relevance making us the local and most accessible supplier of control organisms to national and multinational companies within New Zealand. The NZRM is a member of the World Federation for Culture Collections.

Search through our Collection

Use our Online catalogue (external link)  to search for cultures from the Culture Collection – Catalogue of Strains, 7th Edition 2004 and the Supplement to Culture Collection 2013.

If you'd like to request a Culture from the Collection

Please complete this Request form [PDF, 484 KB] and read the conditions for the sale and supply of cultures.

If you'd like to deposit a Culture into the Collection

Please complete this Deposit form [PDF, 498 KB]

Contact us if you'd like some advice

culturecollection@esr.cri.nz
T: +64 4 914 0705 
F: + 64 4 913 9609

Reference drawer

Find out more

Conditions of sale and supply of NZRM micro-organisms

About the NZRM Culture Collection 

How to search the NZRM online catalogue

Culture Collection - Catalogue of Strains, 7th Edition 2004

Supplement to Culture Collection 2013 [PDF, 278 KB]