FRR Culture Collection Catalogue

Our Services

Identification services

Ordering and supply of cultures

Price list

Deposition of cultures

The FRR Collection offers the following services, usually on a fee for service basis, but reciprocal services may be provided to other culture collections and researchers. Charges for identification services and for supply of cultures from the collection are reviewed annually, so are set out on a separate sheet. Details may be obtained by contacting the Collection at the address below.

Identification of fungi from foods and related substrates
Identification of Penicillium, Aspergillus and related genera
Identification of Fusarium species from foods and related sources
Identification of xerophilic fungi
Identification of yeasts from foods and related sources
Supply of cultures from the collection.


The Australian animal and plant quarantine regulations are very strict, and fungal cultures cannot be imported into Australia without a valid Import Permit. The FRR Culture Collection holds permits to import many genera of fungi, including Penicillium, Aspergillus, all their teleomorphs, Fusarium, Paecilomyces, and a number of other fungal genera including yeasts. The permits are renewed on a biennial basis.

To avoid delays in delivery of cultures to the laboratory, please contact the laboratory by letter or fax to obtain the current import permit number before sending the cultures, and write this clearly on the outside of the package. Cultures should preferably be sent by airmail, but can also be sent by air freight. Cultures should be securely packaged according to current international postal and air freight regulations for biological materials. For cultures arriving from outside Australia, please label all material "Fungal Culture(s) No Commercial Value", Import Permit No . . . . . .

Cultures for identification may be sent as lyophilised ampoules, or as viable cultures on agar slants, but not on agar plates. The culture(s) should be accompanied by a letter of request which includes details of isolation (substrate or host from which the fungus was isolated, location, date, and any other relevant information), date of subculture and culture medium.


Orders for cultures should be directed to:

Belinda Chapman
CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences
PO Box 52
North Ryde NSW 1670

Phone: +61 2 9490 8333
Facsimile: +61 2 9490 8499

Please include an official Order Number with your request.

Download fax order form

Customers should state the purpose for which the cultures are to be used (e.g. taxonomy, physiology, challenge testing, mycotoxin studies, etc.) as this can be helpful in selecting a suitable strain from the collection. If a particular strain is required, this should be referred to by its FRR accession number.

For orders outside Australia, customers are responsible for providing any necessary import permit numbers or stickers. Since most governments place restrictions on import of cultures from overseas, it would be wise to check with the relevant authorities before attempting to import biological material. In most countries, this will be the Plant Protection service or similar body. All orders from Canada and the USA must be accompanied by import mailing labels. Application for import labels stating the names of the fungi and the purpose for which they are required should be made to:

Chief, Plant Protection Services,
Agriculture Canada Science Division,
Science Service Building,
Ottawa, Ontario, KIA OC5

Plant Protection & Quarantine,
Washington DC 20250.

Cultures generally will be supplied as viable agar slants unless a lyophilised culture is requested. This enables us to check the purity and viability of the culture before it is dispatched to the customer. Cultures usually require at least 1-2 weeks to grow satisfactorily. On receipt, culture bottle caps should be loosened slightly to allow oxygen into the culture. Cultures on agar have a limited shelf life and should be subcultured after periods of 4 weeks to 6 months. Refrigerated storage (near 4°C) is recommended for most cultures.

Cultures will be sent by airmail in approved packaged for non-hazardous biological material.

Customers receiving FRR strains are responsible for their safe storage, handling and use. CSIRO cannot consider claims or accept responsibility for damage or injury resulting from use, storage or loss of a FRR culture. Although the identity of the strain has been checked as thoroughly as possible, CSIRO is not liable for damages arising from misidentification of strains.


Supply of cultures from the FRR culture collection:

Standard price: AU$120.00*
Special price for universities and educational institutions: AU$60.00*
Postage and packaging: within Australia:
                                     overseas airmail:
Discounts are available for orders of 10 or more cultures.

Fungal Identification services:
Fungal identifications, per isolate:
(identification to genus level only:
Yeast identifications, per isolate: AU$405.00*
Prices for identification of 10 or more isolates are negotiable.

*All prices are subject to 10% GST (Australian purchasers only) and are subject to change without notification.


The FRR Culture Collection welcomes deposits of cultures relevant to its field of interest, particularly where these are derived from Australian sources, or from within the Asian Pacific region. The cultures we would like deposited in the collection are strains of new species, extype cultures, strains with defined industrial and physiological properties, and unusual strains from foods, particularly low water activity foods. However, the FRR collection reserves the right to decide whether a strain will be added to the collection.

The FRR collection is not a recognised depository for Patent Cultures under the Budapest Treaty. However, cultures may be accepted for safe deposit on a limited basis, within the resources of the Collection.