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BCCM/MUCL Agro-food and Environmental Fungal Collection

Research project C5/17/MUCL (Research action C5)


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Description :

BCCM/MUCL develops and preserves the collection of filamentous fungi, yeasts and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, as well as the associated information, facilitates its valorisation and provides services to third parties.

Fungal diversity of environmental, agricultural, industrial, and food significance.


  • Type, reference, and test strains.

  • Strains for use in fermented foods, animal feed, biopesticides and biofertilisers (i.e. mycorrhizae), edible mushrooms, production of primary and secondary metabolites (i.e. antibiotics, enzymes and polysaccharides), etc.

  • Not accepted: animal and human pathogens mentioned in the European Union Directive 2000/54/EC and its updates.


The collection holds over 30,000 strains of filamentous and yeast-like fungi, representing more than 4000 species and 1200 genera.
The mycological herbarium contains about 40,000 specimen.
BCCM/MUCL houses the Penicillium collections of P. Biourge (founder of the collection in 1892) and G.L. Hennebert, as well as the UCL brewery yeast collection.

BCCM/MUCL provides the following services:

  • Public, safe and patent deposit

  • Distribution of strains

  • Storage of third party's biological material

  • Analyses

  • Training, collaboration and consultancy



Accession, control, preservation, storage and supply of filamentous fungi, yeasts and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of food, agro-industrial and environmental importance and related information in the frame of public, safe and patent deposits are ISO 9001:2015 certified.


Documentation :

- BCCM/MUCL catalogue of strains
- BCCM website

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