• Institution: CABI
  • Acronym: CABI
  • Location:
    TW20 9TY EGHAM
  • Website: http://cabi.bio-aware.com
  • Correspondent:
    Dr Matthew Ryan
    Tel.: +44 1491 829063
    Fax: +44 1491 829100
    e-mail: cabi@eccosite.org

Members holdings

Established in 1947, CABI’s living collection holds around 26000 fungi and 2000 bacteria representing 6500 species from over 145 countries. The collection represents CABI’s historic, global scientific activities and has strains relevant to plant health, soil fertility, biological control, sanitary and phytosanitary applications, environmental bioremediation and ecosystem reclamation.

Services offered

CABI is a leading provider of microbial services specialising in microbial resource management and identification of microbes. With over 100 years of scientific endeavour behind us, we combine a wealth of experience and resources with the latest techniques to provide a rapid and reliable service.

Summary of services: Culture supply, Preservation of fungi and bacteria, Patent deposit, Safe deposit, Strain stability testing, Novel product screening and extract supply, Mould contamination testing on premises, Air testing for fungal spores, Mould growth testing, Training (Preservation, BRC management, Microbiology, Microbial Identification)


CABI undertakes both commercial and publicly funded research projects in a number of areas and is always happy to collaborate in multi-partner initiatives. Recent research areas include:

  • Microbially derrived novel product screening and assay
  • Enzymes from low temperature environments
  • Profiling and analysis of fatty acids and carotenoids from microbial sources
  • Cryopreservation technology
  • Molecular Microbial Taxonomy
  • BRC networking & management
  • Biodeterioration

CABI is currently participating in the EU FP7 funded European Consortium of Microbial Resources Centres (EMbaRC) project, The EU ESFRI MIRRI project (a pan-European Research Infrastructure project) and the Global Biological Resource Cerntre Network (GBRCN) which aims to support similar projects to MIRRI.

Quality Management System

Quality assurance: The culture collection is a member of the United Kingdom National Culture Collection (UKNCC), is a UNESCO Microbial Resource Centre (MIRCEN), and an International Depository Authority (IDA)within the Budapest Treaty (1977). 

Our fungal culture collection operates:
To the World Federation for Culture Collection (WFCC) guidelines for culture collections
To the UKNCC Quality Management System
To the Common Access to Biotechnology Resources Information (CABRI) Guidelines
In the spirit of the Convention on Biological Diversity