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 for Culture Collections (acronym TFC, i.e. Tartu Fungal Culture Collection). Presently the collection contains ca 1200 fungal strains representing ca 400 fungal species from almost the whole world (list of species). The cultures are mostly preserved as two replicas in tubes on appropriate malt, potato-dextrose or corn-meal agar slants and are transferred every 12 to 16 months. The collection mostly preserves cultures in ordinary refrigerators and isolates from warmer or tropic areas are maintained in incubators.
Besides the cultures isolated by scientists or students of the former Institute of Zoology and Botany (later from scientists of the University of Life Sciences), numerous cultures have been obtained from other countries. The collection has a rather good representation of Phellinus and Hymenochaete taxa.
Curator: Anu Kollom (email@example.com)
Address: Fungal Culture Collection
Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Estonian University of Life Sciences
Kreutzwaldi 5, 51006 Tartu