How to Order

Step 1 User Registration

Step 2 Documents

Quality Control

Step 3 Payment

Step 4 Shipping

Resource List

Arabidopsis thaliana Arabidopsis thaliana
Brachypodium Brachypodium distachyon
populus Populus nigra
oryza Oryza sativa
lotus Lotus japonicus
lycopersicom Lycopersicon esculentum Mill
striga Striga hermonthica
nicotiana Nicotiana tabacum
(BY-2 cell)
brassica Brassica rapa
thellungiella Thellungiella halophila
physcomitrella Physcomitrella patens
manihot Manihot esculenta Crantz

Overseas Distribution

Before you place your order, please read the following detailed instructions.

  1. How to Order
  2. Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)
  3. Mailing address
  4. Shipping
  5. Quality Control
  6. Fee Structure
  7. Payment
  8. Terms of Use


1. How to Order


2. Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

    Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) must be fully executed prior to shipping any order. MTA defines rights and duties for the both provider and recipient. The terms and conditions, specified by the depositors,should be respected. Some of the depositors require their approvals with a written consent.

    List of forms for ordering

    Note

    BRC Material Transfer Agreement separates Category I for not-for-profit organization from Category II for-profit organization. We will help you determine on which category is applicable for your case. Currently Category II MTAs are not available at any page on the Web. We will provide you with the documents by email. MTAs are subject to change under the government instructions. We would appreciate your understanding.


3. Mailing Address

    Experimental Plant Division
    RIKEN BioResource Center
    3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074 JAPAN


4. Shipping

    (1) Seed Stocks
    Surface sterilized seeds are contained in a sealed plastic tube. The tube is wrapped with a sealed plastic bag and finally put in a small package lined with cushioning material. Seeds are shipped by means of registered airmail through Japan Post.
    Please note that the tagged line seeds are usually progenies of heterozygous plants unless specified in the catalogue.
    (2) DNA Clones
    Individual cDNA materials are shipped as lyophilized plasmid (ca. 100ng) in a sealed plastic tube. The tube is wrapped with a sealed plastic bag and finally put in a small package lined with cushioning material. Seeds are shipped by means of registered airmail through Japan Post.
    (3) DNABook™ and Plant Cell Cultures
    They are exceptions. The both resources should be shipped by means of consignee’s payment via international forwarders. FedEx is recommendable, but DHL and other couriers are acceptable.
    Note

    It is recipient’s responsibility to clear customs. Some countries require a Phytosanitary Certificate issued through Japanese Plant Control Protection or your Government Permit to import seed materials. RIKEN BRC cannot guarantee any loss or damage which may arise at customs clearance. Please feel free to contact us at the email address if there is any permit or documents which should be enclosed in or attached on the package, prior to shipping your order.
    Other documents, such as a plant product description, will be made through negotiations as they sometimes differ on each occasion.
    When you receive the package, please carefully check what you receive and email us your receipt. If there is any problem found in the materials, please inform us immediately.


5. Quality Control
We distribute (1) Individual Arabidopsis seeds, (2) Arabidopsis seed pool sets, (3) cDNA/EST clones, (4) Plant cultured cells, (5) Brachypodium distachyon seeds and (6) DNABookTM. Each product is tested in order to ensure the reproducibility of experimental results.

(1) Individual Arabidopsis seeds

Seeds are sealed in plastic tubes and shipped by registered airmail.
Information on genotype and phenotype data provided by the depositor/developer is shown in the web catalog.

Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Germination ratio of seeds (if more than 3 years has passed since last examination)
  • Confirmation of insertion site (transposon-tagged line) or DNA sequence of genes (over-expresser/anti-sense mutant)
  • Genotyping with SSR marker (when new lot of natural accession is generated)

Not Performed:

  • Full length nucleotide sequencing of insert DNA in transgenic lines

(2) Arabidopsis seed pool sets

Pooled seeds are sealed in plastic tubes and shipped by registered airmail.
Information on genotype and phenotype data provided by the depositor/developer is shown in the web catalog.
Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Germination ratio of seeds (if more than 3 years has passed since last examination)

Not Performed:

  • Analysis of insertion site and sequence of transgenic lines

(3) cDNA/EST clones

DNA materials are sealed in plastic tubes and shipped by registered airmail.
Information on nucleotide sequence and other properties obtained by the depositor/developer is shown in the web catalog.

Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Sequencing of 5′- and/or 3′-end of insert DNA

Not Performed:

  • Full length nucleotide sequencing of insert DNA

(4) Plant cultured cells

Plant cultured cells are shipped in plastic containers by a worldwide carrier.
Information on maintenance procedure, insert DNA (if any) and other properties provided by the depositor/developer is shown in the web catalog.

Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Genotyping of cells to confirm their origin species (once every year)
  • Analysis of insert DNA (if any, once every year)

Not Performed:

  • Characterization of biosynthetic ability of target materials (if any)

(5) Brachypodium distachyon seeds

Seeds of Brachypodium distachyon are sealed in plastic tubes and shipped by registered airmail.

Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Germination ratio of seeds (if more than 3 years has passed since last examination)

Not Performed:

  • Genotyping of seeds

(6) DNABookTM

The DNAbookTM is sealed in a plastic bag and shipped by a worldwide carrier.

Quality Test in RIKEN BRC:

  • Test of transformation efficiency (if more than 3 years has passed since last examination)

Not Performed:

  • Characterization of clone sequence


6. Fee Structure

Fee (JPY)

Non-Profit Org.

Profit Org.

Arabidopsis Individual seed stock (50 seeds per line)(*1) 3,100 6,200
Individual seed stock (400 seeds per line) 6,300 12,600
Set of individual seed stocks (100 lines) 121,400 242,800
Set of individual seed stocks (set of 50 lines from each seed pool) 62,000 124,000
Set of pooled seeds for screening (per pool set)(*1) 6,200 12,400
Brachypodium Individual seed stock (50 seeds per line)(*1) 6,100 12,200
Individual plant DNA (per clone)(*1) 3,100 6,200
Set of individual plant DNA (per 100 clones) 121,400 242,800
DNABook™ (per volume)(*2) 35,640
Plant cell culture (per line)(*2) 6,200 12,400
Quarantine certificate (per certificate) 16,600 16,600
Culture media for cell suspension subculture (per unit) 1,000 1,000
Genotyping of natural accessions from RIKEN BRC (per line) 9,300 9,300


7. Payment

    BRC invoices are emailed to you when we are ready to ship, often after performing quality control. Your payment ensures that the Experimental Plant Division ships your order.
    (1) Credit card
    We accept credit card payments using MasterCard and VISA for resource orders. Those who wish to pay (recommended) by credit card will get URL access from the BioResource Center Planning Office. You will be redirected to a secure site to enter your card information. We will not have access to any credit card numbers.
    (2) Electronic transfers
    Please include the RIKEN invoice number in the remittance application. It would be recommendable to email the scanned transfer receipt to the Research Promotion Division to verify your transferring.
    Recipients must cover all bank charges, including exchange, commission and handling fees, required at your remittance.
Beneficiary:RIKEN
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Bank:The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
SWIFT code:BOTKJPJT
Branch:Wakoekimae Branch (Branch No.727)
Account No.:159228 (Ordinary Account)
Bank Address:1-10-20 Maruyamadai, Wako-shi, Saitama,
351-0112 Japan
Bank Tel:+81-48-466-3611
    (3) Check
    Please make the check payable to The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research. Checks must be in Japanese Yen. To distinguish your payment from the others, please include the RIKEN invoice number on all documentation sent with payment.

BioResource Center Planning Office RIKEN
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074 JAPAN
Fax: +81 29 836 9182
E-mail: brc-frontbrc.riken.jp


8. Terms of Use
Please read the terms below. You are deemed to accept them when placing your order.

1.  Possible cases for compensation and report deadline

Cases for compensationReport deadline
(after the shipping date)
①Resource undelivered, damaged container, etc.within 14 days
②Impaired seed germination, impaired proliferation etc.within 30 days
③Unable to confirm the properties of the bioresource described in the catalog, etc.Seeds and cells: within 6 months
Genes: within 3 months

If you experience such a case as stated above, please send your written notification or email to the Experimental Plant Division (plant@brc.riken.jp) by each deadline. We will take necessary action immediately.

2. Conditions and limitations for compensation
If you report us a case of ①, ② or ③ before the designated deadline, we will replace the resource you order with the same or alternative resource one time only free of charge, issue credit (the right to request the same or an equivalent strain whenever necessary in future, if no resource is needed at the moment) or refund. Refund will not exceed the distribution fee. Overseas users will be charged for shipping cost for replacement. We do not compensate in case of failure or damage caused by the users.

3. Cancellation fee
Upon receiving order from a user, we will start preparing the requested resource by required processes. These preparations are very costly. When a user cancel the order as a matter of user’s convenience, the user will be charged for the costs we spend on preparation up until cancellation is notified (up to 100% of distribution fee). When cancellation is notified after the BRC sends out the resource, 100% of distribution fee plus shipping cost will be charged to the user.

4. Accident during shipment
Our Center is not liable for any accident that occurs during shipping. Please select a carrier and make necessary arrangements on your own responsibility.
For overseas shipment, the users are responsible for customs clearance including preparation of necessary documents.

5. Information release on resources with quality defect
Whenever we note a quality defect in our resource, we will announce it through our website. We will also individually contact the users who received such seeds in the last 5 years and who received such plant cells or DNAs in the last 3 years.