About National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms

National Agriculturally Important Microbial Culture Collection


National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM) is among one of the premium organizations of agricultural and microbial biotechnology holding its responsibilities in the area of collection, isolation, conservation, management and  utilization  of  agriculturally  important  microorganisms (AIMs) in the country.

The Bureau is engaged in the multifarious activities leading to the establishment  of  microbial  diversity,  biological  control, genomics, culture collection, maintenance and microbial gene pool acquisition. Developing technical and scientific skills among the researchers, scientists, students and industry people through education  and  training  for  the  molecular  identification and characterization is among the prime aims of the bureau and it is making significant progress in this area with commendable dedication. 

“To act as a nodal center for acquisition and management of indigenous and exotic microbial genetic resources for food and agriculture, and to carry out related research and human resource development for sustainable growth of agriculture


  • Exploration  and  collection  of  agriculturally  important microorganisms (AIMs)
  • Identification ,characterization and documentation of AIMs
  • Conservation, maintenance and utilization of AIMs
  • Surveillance of indigenous/exotic AIMs
  • Microbial biodiversity and systematics
  • Human resource development (HRD)


  • The National Agriculturally Important Microbial Culture Collection (NAIMCC), established at National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), Mau Nath Bhanjan, Uttar Pradesh, is recognized as National Repository by National Biodiversity Authority of India.
    A second set of culture storage facility has already been established at NBPGR, New Delhi.

  • The main objectives of this national facility are to preserve microbial germplasm and to provide basic information and   microbial cultures in ready to use manner at NBAIM to the scientists/researchers working in research institutions, universities and industries. The NBAIM scientists are actively involved in the research programmes relating to microbial diversity of agriculturally importance, their ecology and taxonomy using both classical and molecular approaches.
  • NAIMCC draws its guidelines on the principles and objectives laid by the World Federation of Culture Collection (WFCC). Presently, the NAIMCC has four sections, the Actinomycetes, Bacteria, Fungi, and Cyanobacteria and collectively holding over four thousand cultures. NBAIM follows strict quality control and biosafety standards in culture collection as well as laboratories. 

Current Status of Microbial Holdings in NAIMCC

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