ECCO member data

Acronym ACBR
Mailing address Austrian Center of Biological Resources and Applied Mycology
1190 Vienna
Correspondent Dr. Katja Sterflinger
Tel.: +43 1 36006 6260
Fax: +43 1 3687615
Member holdingsWe currently have more than 5000 hyphomycetes and more than 5000 yeast strains from Austrian and international habitats. The predominant habitats from where the strains were isolated are: soil, plants, food (i.e. dairy products) and materials (rock, plaster, glass etc.). Strains are cryopreserved in our collection at –80°C and at –130°C.The list of strains is available online:
Services offered
  • distribution of strains

  • conservation and deposition of strains
  • morphological and molecular identification
  • solation from natural samples / purification of strains
  • air sampling
  • viable cell counts
  • consulting for private persons and official institutions concerning hygiene of indoor environments
  • biocide testing
  • material ecology studies and consultin
  • detection and identification of Serpula lacrymans in buildings
  • To study fungal biodiversity in Austrian and international habitats in the sense of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Rio, 1992).
  • To make a contribution to the understanding of the natural system and phylogeny of yeasts and fungi based on polyphasic classification
  • To evolve and to adapt molecular methods for the analysis of spatial and temporal changes of fungal communities and as biomonitoring tools for environmental studies.
  • To consult private persons as well as industrial and public institutions concerning questions of fungal contamination, health risks, prevention and abatement measures.
  • To develop new methods for the prevention of biodeterioration and treatment of biodeteriorative agents as lichens, fungi, algae and bacteria in the field of conservation and restoration of buildings, historical monuments and art works.


Quality Management System
  • Sequencing of DNA using a Applied Biosystems 3100 Avant Capillary Sequencer
  • Phylogenetic analysis of fungal DNA
  • Restriction Fragment Polymorphism Patterns (fingerprints) of fungi
  • Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis # Single Strand Polymorphism Patterns
  • Conservation of strains at –80°C and at –130°C # Fluorescent microscopy (DAPI, FITC, Cy3; Texas Red)
  • Counting of fungal spores and bacteria in the air by MD8
  • Geomicrobiological sample preparation and analysis


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