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We 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.

12 - 14 September 2017

Presented by staff from CABI, this course will be of interest to everyone involved in the handling, distributing and storing microorganisms.

The course covers all aspects of culture preservation, maintenance and culture collection management and complies with the quality standards set by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for best practice with biological resource collections. We have substantial expertise in the preservation and maintenance of cultures of bacteria and fungi and have a long history in training scientists, technicians and students from around the world.

The programme

The three-day programme includes lectures and practical demonstrations of techniques. Discussions and workshops will provide participants with further opportunities to discuss aspects of their work with tutors and other course participants and to update their skills and knowledge of:

  • preservation and maintenance methods for bacteria, fungi and yeasts
  • cryopreservation
  • freeze-drying
  • quality management systems in microbiology
  • methods for assessing the success of preservation methods
  • information sources and management of Culture Collections
  • microbial characterisation and data generation
  • compliance with legislation such as the CBD and biosecurity distribution and transport of microorganisms

Training resources will be provided for each participant and there will be an opportunity to view CABI's collections and library.



CABI's UK centre, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey TW 20 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.

Course cost and registration

The course costs £1,650 (excl. VAT) including buffet lunch and refreshments.

Discounts: 10% for 2 or more bookings. 20% for CABI member countries in bands 1-4.

To apply or receive further details about the course, please contact:
Ms Allison Dorsett
Tel: 01491 829032
Fax: 01491 829100

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