The Czech National Programme on Conservation and Utilization of Microbial Genetic Resources Important for Agriculture

Introduction Animal Pathogenic Microorganisms Phytopathogenic Microorganisms Olomouc Hop Pathogens Industrially Utilizable Microorganisms Dairy Microorganisms
Brewery Microorganisms Phytopathogenic Viruses Fruit Trees and Small Fruit Viruses Potato Viruses Ornamental Plant Viruses Phytopathogenic Bacteria
Rhizobia Rusts and Powdery Mildew Fungi CCF Phytopathogenic Fungi CRI Phytopathogenic Oomycetes Edible and Medicinal macromycetes
Basidiomycetes Invertebrate Crop Pests and their Natural Enemies Stored-Product Pests, Mites and Fungi Food Technologies CCM Dairy and Bakery Contaminants Clavicipitaceae


Culture Collection of Fungi Important for Agriculture and Food Industry


•    History
Established in 1964-65 under the leadership of Dr. Olga Fassatiová.
In 2006, part of Culture Collection of Fungi was incorporated into the Czech National Programme of Protection of Genetic Resources of Economically Significant Microorganisms and Tiny Animals (NPPGR).

•    Characteristic of collection (strains), number of cultures 
  Culture collection maintains saprotrophic filamentous microfungi, predominantly Ascomycota a Zygomycota.
Under the Czech National Programme, 322 fungal strains are maintained (of total 4000 strains).
In database of the Czech National Programme the following fungi are incorporated: food contaminants, toxigenic fungi, plant pathogenic fungi, entomopathogens and fungi of biotechnological potential.

•    Research activities
Taxonomy of ascomycetes
Biodiversity and ecology of soil and leaf litter microfungi
Association of fungi, bark beetles and trees
Clinically important fungi
Fungi in our environment (e.g. air, food, flats)

•    Services
Supplying of fungal strains under the Czech National Programme free of charge for research and teaching purposes.

•    Charged services
Supplying of strains for both inland and foreign researchers and institutions for teaching and research purposes. The  cultures are distributed on agar slants or in lyophilized  form.
Safe deposition of fungal strains.
Freeze-drying of fungal strains.
Identification of pure and mixed fungal cultures.
Molecular analyses of fungi.

•    Methods of culture maintenance
In tubes on slope agar media in a refrigerator at approx. 5 oC
Freeze-drying (skim milk as a protective medium)
Alginate pellets

•    Involvement to national and international organizations/platforms 
World Federation for Culture Collections (WFFC) – since 1972 under No. 182
European Culture Collections Organization (ECCO) – since 1985
Federation of Czechoslovak Collections of Microorganisms) (FCCM)

Utilization of collection:

Maintenance of fungi for teaching and research purposes
Supplying of strains for non-profit institutions and industrial laboratories
Long term maintenance of microfungi important for science.
Atlas of zygomycetes(2009)  (in Czech)
Collection of Food Relevant Microscopic Fungi under the Czech National Programme of Protection of Genetic Resources of Economically Significant Microorganisms – A Short Report


Charles University in Prague
Faculty of Science
Department of Botany
Culture Collection of Fungi (CCF)
Benátská 2
CZ - 128 01 Prague 2
Czech Republic

RNDr. Alena Kubátová, CSc. (curator)
Mgr. Vít Hubka, Ph.D. 
Mgr. Miroslav Kolařík, Ph.D.
Mgr. Ondřej Koukol, Ph.D.
Adéla Kovaříčková
Petra Seifertová

Phone: +420 221951656 (Dr. A. Kubátová)
Fax: +420 221951645
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