Sources for Live Chironomid Laboratory Cultures

This new page is intended as a resource for researchers requiring live cultures of reared chironomids, either for bioassay, toxicology or other biological work. Please let the webmaster know if you maintain a live culture of chironomids (particularly the species), your contact information, and if you know of other researchers, labs or institutions that maintain breeding colonies. Thank you for your participation!

Species cultured Date submitted Currently available? Life stages available, additional notes Contact Information and Address
Chironomus riparius;
Chironomus piger
06 Oct 2010 Yes

All life stages are available, we currently have six populations of C. riparius from various European countries; all of them are checked for genetic variability with microsatellite markers.

Dr. Carsten Nowak. Senckenberg Research Institute, Conservation Research Section, Clamecystrasse 12, 63571 Gelnhausen, Germany.
Tel: +49 (6051) 61954 3122.
cnowak at senckenberg.de

Chironomus riparius;
Chironomus dilutus
02 May 2008 Yes Eggs (C. riparius and C. dilutus) and larvae (C. dilutus) Environmental Consulting and Testing, Inc., Steven H. Poirier , 1423 N. 8th St.
Superior, WI 54880 USA
Tel: +1 (715) 392-6635
Chironomus riparius 11 Nov 2005 Yes, on a limited basis and when available Eggs masses; also will exchange material
Jan Ciborowski, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor,
Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4, Canada.
Fax: +1 (519) 971-3609
Chironomus dilutus 10 Nov 2004 Yes Eggs masses: only for groups establishing their own cultures or using them for educational purposes, NOT for organizations with EPA work assignment contracts or laboratories which have immediate need to load bio-assays.
Frank Whiteman, Mid-Continent Ecology Division, USEPA, 6201 Congdon Blvd
Duluth, MN 55804 USA
Tel: +1 (218) 529-5185
Chironomus riparius 25 Nov 2004 Yes Permanent laboratory culture - all life stages are available. Last crossbreeding was in May 2004.

Dipl.-Ing. Gertraud Wirzinger, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Department of Ecology and Evolution - Ecotoxicology, Siesmayerstrasse 70, D-60323 Frankfurt/Germany
Tel: +49 (69) 798-24900
fax: +49 (69) 798-24748

Chironomus riparius 27 Oct 2004 Yes Eggs masses

Grontmij|AquaSense, Dr. Stefan Kools, P.O. Box 95125, 1090 HC Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 (20) 592.22.44
Fax: +31 (20) 592.22.49

Last Update: Friday, 03-Oct-2014