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Matthew Ryan Curator, Genetic Resource Collection

T: +44 (0)1491 829063


CABI, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW209TY, United Kingdom

I'm a microbiologist with specific interests in pure and applied mycology, biodeterioration and natural product research.  My work as Curator of the CABI's Genetic Resource Collection involves managing the general operations and research programmes of the collection.  I have worked at CABI since 1999, over which time I have worked on various projects including biodeterioration of hydrocarbon fuels, genomic stability and cryobiology. I was awarded the ‘George Planer Prize’ of the Society of Low Temperature Biology in 2000.

Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

MIRRI: improving access to microbial resources, services and data

Microorganisms are vital natural resources for biotechnology; they help advance human health, improve food security and provide innovative solutions to research and development. The European microbial landscape is fragmented and resources or data are hard to find. The Microbial Resource Research...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Developing biopesticides to remove the need for cold storage

Farmers face issues with insect pests that damage their crops. In Africa, cold storage facilities necessary for some biopesticides aren't always available. As experts in this and crop management, we are working with Asymptote Ltd, a UK technology company, to develop an appropriate product for rural...
Project image: Controlling Japanese knotweed in Great Britain

Establishing a centre for crop health and protection in the UK

Breakthroughs in science and technology are helping overcome global food production challenges and changing the worlds’ agriculture. A new Centre for Applied Crop Science is ensuring the UK has the necessary capital needed to deliver a cutting edge platform to support agriculture in the UK and beyond. CABI...
  1. Ryan, M.J (2007) Method of freeze drying micro-organisms. International Patent Application Number PCT/GB2007/001890. In the name of CAB International
  2. Smith, D & Ryan M.J. The impact of OECD best practice on the validation of cryopreservation techniques for microorganisms Cryoletters (In Press)
  3. Zhu, H1., Guo, j., Yang, S.Z., Sun, X, Li, Y., Phuong L.T.B., Hanh V.T. & Ryan, M.J (2007) Streptomyces vietnamensis sp. nov., a novel streptomycete with violet-blue diffusible pigment isolated from Vietnam. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 57, 1770-1774
  4. Day, J.G., Lorenz, M., Wilding, T., Friedl, T., Harding, K., Pröschold, T., Brennan, D., Müller, J., Santos, L.A., Santos, M., Osório, H.C., Amaral, R., Lukešová, A., Hrouzek, P., Lukeš, M., Elster, J., Lukavský, J., Probert, I., Ryan M.J. and Erica E. Benson (2007) The use of physical and virtual infrastructures for the validation of algal cryopreservation methods in international culture collections; Cryoletters 28, 359-376
  5. Ribeiro, A., Patrícia Machado, A., Kozakiewicz, Z., Ryan M.J., Luke B., Buddie, A., Venâncio, A, Lima, N. & Kelley, J. (2006) Fungi in bottled water: A case study of a production plant. Revista Iberoamericana de Micología 23, 139-144
  6. Ryan, M.J. & Smith, D. (2004). Fungal Genetic Resource Centres and the Genomic Challenge. Mycological Research 108, 1351-1362.
  7. Ryan, M.J. & Ellison, C. (2003). Development of a cryopreservation protocol for the microcyclic rust-fungus Puccinia Spegazzinii. CryoLetters 24, 43-48
  8. Ryan, M.J., Smith, D., Bridge, P.D. & Jeffries, P. (2003) The relationship between fungal preservation method and secondary metabolite production in Metarhizium anisopliae and Fusarium oxysporum. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 19. 839-844
  9. Ryan, M.J., Bridge, P.D., Smith, D. & Jeffries, P. (2002). Phenotypic degeneration occurs during sector formation in Metarhizium anisopliae. Journal of Applied Microbiology 93, 163-168
  10. Ryan, M.J. (2001). The use of immobilisation for the preservation of Serpula lacrymans. Mycologist 15, 66-69.
  11. Ryan, M.J., Jeffries, P., Bridge, P.D. & Smith, D. (2001). Developing cryopreservation protocols to secure fungal gene function CryoLetters 22, 115-124