In November the building in which the EXRC is situated suffered catastrophic flooding from a main water pipe bursting half way up it. Although the frog systems suffered only a short term power loss and there are no overt signs of ill health, Xenopus breeding has been affected. Since no detectable alterations in water quality or temperature occurred this is most likely due to lighting changes that took place. We have kept up QA procedures on the colony and the X. laevis are now becoming usable but the X. tropicalis remain very unreliable. We are sourcing more frogs at present and have new “in house” animals growing so we hope to be in a position to fulfil orders normally by some time in May. Please accept our apologies for this loss of service.

The European Xenopus Resource Centre (EXRC) is funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and NC3Rs to support researchers using Xenopus models. Researchers are encouraged to deposit Xenopus transgenic and mutant lines, Xenopus in situ hybridization probes, Xenopus specific antibodies and Xenopus expression clones with the Centre.
EXRC staff perform quality assurance testing on these reagents and then make them available to researchers at a small cost. EXRC can also supply wild-type Xenopus, embryos, oocytes and Xenopus tropicalis fosmids.
A list of what is available can be found here.
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From January 2013 Xenopus are a schedule 2 species in the EU and can only be supplied by licenced breeders.
The EXRC is a licenced breeder.
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