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The Collection of Animal Pathogenic Microorganisms (CAPM) was founded in 1962. At present the CAPM is a part of the Department of Bacteriology at the Veterinary Research Institute in Brno.

The major activities of the CAPM involve acquisition, preservation and distribution of microorganisms - animal viruses and zoopathogenic bacteria useful for veterinary practice.

CAPM is included in the Czech National Programme on Conservation and Utilization of Microbial Genetic Resources Important for Agriculture. The CAPM is a member of the World Federation for Culture Collections - WFCC (www.wfcc.info), the European Culture Collections' Organisation - ECCO (www.eccosite.org) and the Federation of Czech and Slovak Culture Collections - FCCM (http://web.natur.cuni.cz/fccm/).

The database is the result of the research project of the Ministry of Agriculture (NAZV, program KUS) No. QJ1630210. The database contains detailed characterization of the reference strains of bacterial and viral pathogens important for the diagnosis of infectious livestock diseases and is gradually being extended by other cultures of microorganisms provided by CAPM.