BCCMTM/MUCL - (AGRO)INDUSTRIAL FUNGI & YEASTS COLLECTION
Over 25,000 strains of filamentous and yeast-like fungi, representing over 3 300 species of Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Hyphomycetes and Zygomycetes. The mycological herbarium contains about 40,000 specimen. BCCMTM/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, numerous type strains and isolates of ecological and/or biotechnological importance. The collection's agro-industrial focus is reflected by its extensive holding of starter cultures for e.g. the manufacture of fermented foods, animal feed, biopesticides and biofertilisers (i.e. mycorrhizae), as well as by the availability of cultures for the cultivation of edible mushrooms or the production of important primary and secondary metabolites (i.e. antibiotics, enzymes and polysaccharides). Test and control strains used in bioassays, biodeterioration and biodegradation tests are also available.
Last update: 19 August 2002
Contact : F. Guissart