Welcome to CSIRO’s food research culture collection shop

Our culture collection contains fungi, yeasts and food spoilage organisms of importance in the food and related industries. We supply culture samples to food companies and research organisations for taxonomy, physiology, challenge testing, mycotoxin studies and other purposes.

Officially known as the FRR culture collection, this is a substantial and significant collection holding approximately 6000 yeasts and moulds, most of which are listed in the collection’s catalogue.

The collection specialises in Penicillium and Aspergillus species and their related teleomorphs, Eupenicillium, Talaromyces, Eurotium and Neosartorya.

It also contains perhaps the most comprehensive collection of xerophilic fungi in the world, since these are of particular importance in the spoilage of processed foods and stored food commodities.

Donating fungal cultures to the food research culture collection

We welcome donations of relevant cultures to the collection, particularly where these are derived from Australian sources or within the Asia-Pacific region. We are especially interested in strains of new species, extype cultures, strains with defined industrial and physiological properties; and unusual strains from foods, particularly low water activity foods. If you are interested in donating, please contact us.

Fungal identification services

We also provide a number of fungal identification services to support solutions in food contamination and spoilage for the food industry.