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Services at the BCCM/MUCL Agro-food and Environmental Fungi Collection

Mycological service analyses

 

BCCM/MUCL provides mycological services for fungi related to agro-industry or the environment.

Samples of clinical origin cannot be accepted at BCCM/MUCL. Analyses on such samples are performed by the BCCM/IHEM collection.

To order an analysis, please submit your samples together with a letter that specifies the type of analysis requested. Specifications may also be given by e-mail, which should arrive before the samles and should make clear reference to the samples concerned.

Service reports are included in the prices.

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List of service analyses

Counting and isolation

Detection of fungal contaminants in production systems/products

(culture, colony count, isolation on suitable media, identification)

  Detection of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

(spore sampling, root colonization test, Most Probable Number assay)

   

Identification

DNA sequence-based identification
  House fungi diagnostic (e.g. Serpula)
  Identification de champignons lignivores dans les habitations (mérule et autres)
  PCR-fingerprinting of yeasts
   

Characterization

Physiological profiling of yeasts
  Delta PCR of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
   

Mycological assays

Material resistance testing against fungal damage
  Performance testing of fungicides

 

Collaboration

BCCM strives for long term and interdisciplinary partnerships, in the form of contractual and collaborative research.

Research that aligns with our missions to preserve and to characterize fungal resources and diversity and to foster their application will be considered.

Collaborations could take the form of field work or laboratory-based studies in bilateral or multi-partner projects at the request of private companies, government organizations or individual researchers.

The collaborative character is to be addressed in funding mechanisms, intellectual property ownership, patent- and other scientific publications.

Collaborations typically lead to the realisation of publicly funded scientific projects that generate public domain data and knowledge while contract research typically generates access-restricted knowledge.

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Consultancy

Our team of PhD level experts is always available for a broad range of professional consultancy and specialist services. Covered topics include, but are not limited to

  • fungal taxonomy and characterization
  • preservation of fungal cultures and DNA
  • microbial biosafety and biosecurity
  • management and quality assurance of microbial resources
  • literature studies, e.g. industrial application and safety of specific organisms
  • advisory support in scientific dossiers, e.g. for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • examination of fungal contamination in various various environments

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