The Arbovirus collection of the Institute of Parasitology, Biology centre CAS consists of 37 species and 429 individual isolates of clinically more or less important viruses of six viral families. Among others the collection contains a unique time series of tick-borne encephalitis virus isolates since the first occurrence of the virus in Central Europe. isolates of virus strains are an important source of biological material serving for basic research (studying host-pathogen intercations, evolutionary etc.), but also have practical applications in epidemiological studies or serve as a source of biological material for diagnostics development or biotechnology.
The Arbovirus collection is a part of the Biology Centre Collections of Organisms (BCCO). BCCO is a formation of selected biological collections of organisms of the Biology centre CAS. BCCO supports the maintenance and further development of collections, aims on increasing the knowledge of the existence of the collections in public and expecially supports the use of the stored biological material in research, biotechnologies, medicine and other practical applications.