Collection of fungal living cultures [TFC]

The fungal pure culture collection was founded in 1970 at the former Institute of Zoology and Botany. The collection is registered at the World Federation of Culture Collections (acronym TFC, i.e. Tartu Culture Collection). Besides the maintenance of cultures, the collection has served as a basis for research for scientists as well for students. Presently the collection contains ca 1500 fungal strains representing ca 400 fungal species from almost the whole world (list of species). The cultures are mostly preserved in two replicas in tubes on appropriate malt, potato-dextrose or corn-meal agar slants and are transferred every 12 to 16 months. Ordinary refrigerators are mostly used for preserving cultures; isolates from warmer or tropic areas are maintained in room conditions. Staff: one curator (presently one half-time curator and one half-time lab assistant).

The collection has received isolates from scientists or students of the former Institute of Zoology and Botany (later from scientists of the University of Life Sciences), but numerous cultures have been obtained from scientists or institutions of other countries.

The collection has a rather good representation of isolates of some species from the genera Phellinus, Hypomyces, Nectria, Peziza, as well Hymenochaete. The data about the isolates in the culture collection are available in the MySQL database (

Curator: Anu Kollom (
Address: Fungal Culture Collection
Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Kreutzwaldi 5, 51014 Tartu

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