Photo Credit: GMbC biobank of isolated human gut bacterial strains. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by Mathilde Poyet.

Advance Your Research Through the GMbC Collection

The Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMbC) Collection—the most globally representative microbiome biobank of its kind—has radically expanded scientists’ view of the human microbiome. Read more to learn how we can move your non clinical, non-commerical research forward.

A map with yellow dots showcasing sample sites around the world, with upcoming sites for 2023 and 2024

What is in the GMbC Collection?

The Global Microbiome Conservancy (GMbC) collection contains stool samples from more than 1,200 individuals in 36 diverse, underrepresented communities. From these samples the GMbC consortium has prepared

  • 1,000 metagenomic surveys
  • 10,000 genome-sequenced bacterial cultures

The collection represents more than 450 species groups and covers a wide range of bacterial taxa across multiple phyla, including from some groups that were previously considered as unculturable.

Bacteria Strains

Kickstart Your Next Research Project

OpenBiome will open access to the GMbC collection in Spring 2023. Sign up to receive more information, provide feedback on how we can serve your research interests, and reserve research tools as they become available.

See the table above for list of available strains

Catalyzing Microbiome Research

The GMbC collection is providing researchers with the microbes, data, and tools they need to make exciting new discoveries.



Photo Credit: Stool processing in the field. ©Global Microbiome Conservancy / Photo by F. Rondon

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