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


Collection of Stored-Product Pests, Mites and Fungi


•    History
The history of the establishment of collections and breeds of storage pests, mites and fungi is dated back to 1958. These collections have been established in the Research Institute of Food Industry at the Department of stored product pests. In 1995 the entire department, including the breeds and collections, was transferred to the Crop Research Institute, in which has been housed until today.

•    Characteristics of collections and strains; number of cultures 
Collections are oriented on keeping and breeding of storage pests and their natural enemies occurring in grain stores and food processing plants. Nowadays the entire collection contains more than 70 species of major pests and their biological enemies. Many of these species are also kept in multiple strains. Annually approximately 120 to 160 strains of pests are housed in the collection.  The collection includes species from several taxonomical groups:  storage mites (Acarina), beetles (Coleoptera), psocids (Psocoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea), butterflies (Lepidoptera) and natural enemies from the order Hymenoptera.
An integral part of the collection is a reference collection of dry accessions. It contains more than 10,000 mounted specimens of mites and more than 30,000 individuals of conserved insects. This collection is continuously updated. Identification is performed mainly by team personnel protection of stored pests or external specialists.

•    Activities
All accession (i.e. storage pest species and strains) are regularly subjected to testing in order to obtain or update the knowledge on the current biological parameters of a particular strain. Given the thematic orientation of the collection on storage pests, most of the activities are focused on the characterization of the strains in terms of their sensitivity to the different active ingredients of insecticides or biocides or their formulations (e.g. residual sprays, aerosols, fumigants). Further activities are focused on the characterization and estimation of biological parameters regarding the potential use of natural enemies in biological control in agricultural stores and food processing plants.
•    Services
The  species  and strains ( included  in this  collection) are provided for free under a  condition that  they used for non-commercial or non-profit  purposes. This includes in particular the use of non-commercial research such as usage for research grants (e.g. NAZV, GACR etc.) and educational purposes (e.g. teaching material for schools and universities).

•    Methods of strains´ preservation
Methods of preservation of different biological accessions are species and strains specific. The main aspect of proper “breeding know-how” is the selection of proper feeding diet, temperature, relative humidity and light-dark regime. To maintain suitable breeding conditions automatically regulated thermostats and tempered room, and desiccators are used. Due to labor demanding and species- specific requirement, the maintenance of the collection depends on the large input of manual work of well-trained technician.

  iInternational collaboration
Accessions from the collection are regularly provided free to the international partners and universities as biological material. In return, the collection is annually enriched by the new species or strains of different pests obtained from various institutions abroad. Currently, the most important partners for collaboration recruits from China, Germany, France, Italy, and Greece, etc.



Crop Research Institute Prague
Drnovská 507
161 06 Praha 6 – Ruzyně

  Ing. Radek Aulický (curator)
e-mail:, tel: 233022360

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