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Preparation Techniques for Examining Microfungi Course

This short, self-led course provides basic preparation techniques for postgraduates working in fungal research and scientific professionals looking to culture fungi. Participants will enhance their skills in obtaining pure cultures and preparing these for identification. 

The Preparation Techniques for Examining Microfungi course is not currently available. If you are interested in this new course, please register your interest.

A scientists looking at a slide through a microscope

Time: 4-6 hours
What you will learn about: 

Recognise symptoms of fungal disease on plants
Select appropriate methods for isolating and culturing fungi
How to avoid contaminants and obtain pure culture
Apply best practice methods for growth and sporulation of fungi
Examine details of spore development using slide culture technique
Successfully produce single spore isolates
Determine key features under the microscope by preparing good-quality slide mounts

Who is the course for? Postgraduates, scientists working in relevant fields, plant pathologists, researchers, applied biologists, and laboratory staff.

Getting started on the CABI Academy

•  Create a CABI Academy account

• Login to your account

• Navigate directly to the Introduction to Bioprotection Products course. You will be able to access all the modules.

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• Accessible: Access the materials online or download via our platform’s mobile app for use offline

• Flexible: Use the materials for step-by-step self-study or for “dipping in” to support a specific teaching or learning need

• Certification: Successful completion of a certification assessment brings a CABI Academy certificate


Students can gain CABI Academy certificates in three levels.

• Foundation: For those new to the subject area and working under supervision

Practitioner: For those with some experience in the subject area, who wish to demonstrate they are able to work with minimal supervision

• Advanced: For those with experience in the subject area and want to demonstrate their ability to take a lead

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