BCCM/MUCL develops and preserves the collection of filamentous fungi, yeasts and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, as well as the associated information, facilitates its valorization and provides services to third parties.
BCCM/MUCL is embedded in the Laboratory of Mycology, which is part of the Earth and Life Institute (ELI), in particular the Pole of Applied Microbiology (ELIM) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).
The Mycothèque de l’Université catholique de Louvain was officially founded in 1894 by Prof. P. Biourge at the Brewery High School of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 1972 the collection was officially recognized by the World Federation of Culture Collections. MUCL became a founding partner of the Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) in 1983, and was recognised as an international authority for the deposit of fungal material in the framework of the Budapest treaty in 1992.
BCCM/MUCL research is mainly focused on the areas:
- Fungal diversity in natural and anthropological ecosystems
- Agro-food: food and feed transformation and spoilage
- Fungal-plant interactions
Activities typically performed at BCCM/MUCL are oriented towards the
- Identification, taxonomy and classification
- Phylogenetic sequence analyses for gene and species evolution
- Detection and cultivation
of different fungal groups (lignocellulolytic fungi, fungi involved in food processing and spoilage, fermentative yeasts, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, fungal pathogens in tropical environments).
- 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. Concerning medically relevant fungi, please refer to BCCM/IHEM.
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.
Accession, control, preservation, storage and supply of BCCM/MUCL collection material and related information in the frame of public deposits, safe deposits and patent deposits are ISO 9001:2008 certified.
The fungal resources of our public collection, including their genomic DNA, can be ordered from the BCCM/MUCL catalogue or after consulting collection staff. Resources are distributed under the conditions of the BCCM Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).
For related costs please refer to the price list.
BCCM/MUCL offers a range of analyses including fungal counting, isolation, identification, characterisation and assays.