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FRIM Microbial Culture Collection


Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) was established in 1985. Formerly known as Forest Research Institute (FRI) which was founded in 1929, FRIM is one of the leading institutions in tropical forestry research in the world. The institute is placed under the purview of the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS). Awarded the MS ISO 9001 certification since 2007, and gazetted as a Natural Heritage Site on 10 February 2009 under the National Heritage Act 2005, FRIM campus was declared as a National Heritage on 10 May 2012. The FRIM Microbial Culture Collection (FRIM-MCC) is a unique bioresource collection facility established in 2009 by the Natural Products Division of FRIM. The facility holds a collection of cryopreserved culture stocks of more than 10,000 isolates of actinobacteria and bacteria (risk groups 1 and 2). The cultures were originally isolated using proprietary methods from natural resources such as forest soil, mangrove sediments and plant samples collected from various locations throughout Peninsular Malaysia. The FRIM-MCC collection is registered with the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM No. 1129) in July 2016. It is also registered as a participant of WDCM’s Global Catalogue of Microorganisms (GCM) which provides the platform to assist FRIM-MCC to publish its online catalogue of microorganisms (http://www.wfcc.info/ccinfo/collection/by_id/1129).


  • Deposit: (not at the moment)
  • Distribution: Collaboration / Project-based fees (Research Agreement & Material Transfer Agreement) Pure cultures and/or products/extracts for R&D (also for commercial purpose with further negotiation on terms).
  • Testing: Bacterial Identification Service (16S rDNA)
  • Other: R&D (Government-funded & Collaborative projects); Training on Microbial resource management (Students & Industry).

Type of microorganisms or biomaterials in collection

  • Bacteria
  • Actinobacteria



  • Collection name: FRIM Microbial Culture Collection
  • Collection name: FRIM-MCC
  • Institute: Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Address: 52109 Kepong, Selangor
  • Tel: 603-62797000 Ext. 7652 / 7651 / 7658
  • Website: https://www.frim.gov.my

  • Head of collection
  • Name: Dr. Getha Krishnasamy
  • Position: Curator, FRIM-MCC
  • Email: getha@frim.gov.my