November 25, 2020

Collection Website

WDCM Identifier


Organizational structure

International, not for profit - UK based

Collection Institution/Entity

CAB International

Staff working with the Collection


Collection Contact

MJ Ryan

Position of Collection contact

Curator & Research Lead

Collection Email

Collection can be contacted


  • Has continued institutional support
  • Interested in Culture Collections Exchange
  • Interested in working with samples from different repositories
  • Interested in Collaborative Programs
  • Collection contains reference strains
  • Ability to accept orphan collections

Collection Category

Publicly available (qualified curator, collection management policies, microbial specimens, a database of collection information, an online strain catalog, and distributes strains to the scientific community)

Collection follows best management practice guideline

OECD Best Practices Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres (, World Federation for Culture Collections Guidelines (

Organisms in Collection

Fungi, Bacteria, Yeast

Reference strains in collection

Plant Pathogens

Training opportunities provided by Collection

Culture Collection management (e.g. quality control procedures, databases, etc., Culturing and preservation methods (including cryopreservation), Genome sequence analysis

Funding Sources for Research performed with Collection specimens

50 member countries of CABI international and associated development agencies

Availability and distribution mechanisms

No charge for distribution (shipping may be charged), Fee per strain for distribution, Culture exchange, No mechanism for distribution, Peer to peer for collaborations

Services provided by Collection

Patent deposits, Storage service (safe deposit), Strain isolation/taxonomic identification

Consultations provided by Collection

Patent deposits, Preservation

Genus in Collection

Species: 6000, Quantity: 30000

Host Associations in Collection

Grain crops, Fruits, Vegetables, Other Plants, Insects, Soil, Water

Research fields relevant to Collection

Agriculture, Culture and preservation methods, Freeze drying and cryopreservation, General microbiology