CABI manages a collection of over 30,000 living strains from 142 nations (90% unique to CABI). It is one of the world’s largest Genetic Resource Collections and holds the UK’s National Collection of Fungus Cultures, which most notably includes Fleming’s penicillin-producing isolate.
Our collection allows customers to carry our taxonomic and molecular studies, assays, testing, research and teaching. Terms can also be arranged for cultures used in commercial products.
Browse and order from our online catalogue (Please note, you will be redirected to another CABI site).
- Filamentous fungi and yeasts
- Plant pathogenic bacteria
- Biocontrol agents belonging to these groups
- Production strains for enzymes, metabolites, active biomolecules and novel products
- Authenticated reference, type and test strains for businesses and research establishments
The culture collection is a member of the United Kingdom Biological Resource Centre Network (UKBRCN), is a UNESCO Microbial Resource Centre (MIRCEN), and an International Depository Authority (IDA) within the Budapest Treaty (1977).
Our fungal culture collection operates:
- To the World Federation for Culture Collection (WFCC) guidelines for culture collections
- To the UKNCC Quality Management System
- To the Common Access to Biotechnology Resources Information (CABRI) Guidelines
- In the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity and full compliance with Nagoya Protocol
Precious cultures can also be stored as freeze-dried and under liquid nitrogen (gold standard) at CABI. We offer:
- Safe deposit: Confidential, off-site, long-term storage of valuable live cultures
- Patent deposit: CABI is recognized as an International Depository Authority for patent cultures under the Budapest Treaty
Tel: +44 (0)1491 829080
National Reference Collection
Established in partnership with CABI and Fera, the UK Agri-Tech Innovation Centre known as Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) launched a National Reference Collection in 2021. Located at CABI, this facility contains a collection of plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria, entomopathogens, and food spoilage organisms of importance to UK agriculture. The facility identifies crop pathogens, monitors their spread and discovers potential new biopesticides. The National Reference Collection can be browsed here.