National Facility for Culture Collection of Fungi (NFCCI -WDCM 932)

Most recently, in recognition of mycological expertise available at department, DST, Government of India set up a ‘National Facility for Culture Collection of Fungi’ in 2008 with the primary aim to conserve germplasm of indigenous fungi in its repository; National Fungal Culture Collection of India (NFCCI) for future basic and applied research. The NFCCI was established (in 2008) as an exclusive germplasm repository having its affiliation with World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), and has been registered in World Data Centre of Microorganisms (WDCM 932). The NFCCI principally act as service collection performs basic functions as core activities, viz., acquisition, verification, preservation & maintenance, deposit & accession, distribution of authentic fungal strains and associated information and cataloguing. The facility is well equipped and offers various services, like identification, deposit & accession, and supply of authentic fungal strains to academia and industry, etc.

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The NFCCI offers personnel training for building capacity in mycology, especially in the areas of biodiversity, taxonomy, conservation and bio-prospecting of fungi.