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Our expert scientists provide training in molecular identification of microorganisms, morphological identification of fungi, microbial techniques, isolation methods for fungi and bacteria, plant pathology, biological control and preservation of microorganisms.

Details about our new 2020 training courses will be released soon. In the meantime, you can read about our successful ‘Preservation, storage and maintenance of microorganisms’ course which took place in September.

Preservation, storage, maintenance of microorganisms

24-26 September 2019 – Registrations closed and course finished

The course provided expert tuition and practical demonstrations in culture preservation, maintenance and culture collection management. These methods comply with quality standards set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for best practice with biological resource collections.  

This course included advice on the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol and will be of interest to anyone involved in the handling, distribution and storage of microorganisms.

Participants received:

  • a comprehensive course manual
  • powerpoint lecture material all provided on a memory stick

The programme

The three-day programme included lectures and practical demonstrations of techniques. Lectures and workshops provided participants with opportunities to discuss aspects of their work with tutors and other course participants and to update their skills and knowledge.

Day 1:
  • Why do we need Culture Collections? History and perspective
  • Isolation methods for fungi and bacteria
  • How to maintain cultures using basic techniques
  • Principles and theory of freeze-drying; centrifugal & shelf methods
  • Freeze drying lab sessions
Day 2:
  • Principals of cryopreservation
  • Development of novel cryopreservation techniques
  • How to select an appropriate preservation method
  • Collections as resources for genomic R & D
  • How to study cultures using biochemical and molecular techniques
Day 3:
  • Storage of DNA extracts
  • Assessing success, stability and optimising preservation techniques
  • Culture Collection quality management and best practice
  • Culture Collection information systems demonstration
  • Data storage & specimen tracking: demonstration
  • Safe transport of biological materials & packaging demonstration
  • Biosecurity
  • Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol


CABI Europe-UK, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY.

CABI houses the UK’s National Collection of Fungus Cultures. CABI’s Genetic Resources Collection is recognized as one of the world’s most important collections of fungi and bacteria and consists of over 28,000 living specimens. We have over 70 years’ experience in the preservation and maintenance of cultures and a long history of training scientists, technicians and students from around the world..

Course cost and registration

The course costs £1795 (excl. VAT), including buffet lunch and refreshments.

Discounts available:

  • 5% per person for 2 or more bookings from the same organization (applies to non-members only)
  • 20% for CABI Member Countries in bands 1-4

“The lectures and practicals fitted together very well to help teach and reinforce key points”

 “The tutors were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful”

“10/10 would complete again”

“Absolutely lovely people and very informative”

For more information about our training courses, please contact:

Ms Allison Dorsett
Tel: 01491 829032
Fax: 01491 829100