Identification services

Our food microbiology team offers a number of identification services, including:

  • diagnosis of spoilage problems involving bacteria, yeasts and moulds including heat resistant moulds and preservative-resistant yeasts
  • identification of moulds, yeasts and bacteria from foods and related substrates
  • identification of Penicillium, Aspergillus and related genera, and of Fusarium species from foods and related sources
  • isolation and identification of xerophilic fungi
  • DNA sequencing of moulds, yeasts and bacteria
  • microbiological challenge testing.

These services are offered on a fee for service basis, with the fee structure:

ServicePrice before GSTPrice including GST
Mould ID to species, per isolate A$433 A$476.30
Mould ID to genus, per isolate A$240 A$264
Fungal profile A$337 A$370.70
Yeast and mould ID to species by PCR, per isolate A$529 A$581.90
Bacterial ID to species by PCR, per isolate A$264 A$290.40
Yeast, mould or bacterial isolation, per sample A$144 A$158.40
Water Activity/pH/Redox Measurements, per sample A$38 A$41.80
Daily Batch Fee, applied to samples/isolates received in one day A$69 A$75.90

Investigation services

In the event that a food spoilage investigation is required (as agreed beforehand by CSIRO and the client), it will include product sampling and testing on a range of microbiological media (plates and broths) under a range of conditions to detect viable bacteria, yeasts and/or moulds. Further isolation and/or identification (ID) of moulds, yeasts and/or bacteria as required in consultation with client.

ServicePrice before GSTPrice including GST
Heat resistant mould investigation (1-3 samples) A$1026.00 A$1128.60
Heat resistant mould isolations, per sample A$427 A$469.70
Food microbial spoilage investigation (1-3 samples) A$1254 A$1379.40
Food microbial spoilage investigation (every additional sample) A$342 A$376.20

All prices are subject to 10% GST (Australian purchasers only) and are subject to change without notification.

Additional consulting services

On times mutually agreed by the Client and CSIRO during the agreement period, CSIRO will provide technical advice and/or other services particularly in the field of microbial food safety and stability as applied to the Client’s manufacturing facility, food/beverage products and/or process.

Such services may include (but not limited to):

  • advice on potential food safety issues when they arise
  • advice on control of food safety hazards and microbial quality improvements
  • attendance at production facilities for observation and review of existing processes
  • provide technical support for root cause analysis
  • review microbiological testing regimes
  • provision of results, reports and/or recommendations based on the outcomes from the above activities
  • training and/or presentation.

Accessing identification services

Please contact us to determine the costs and type of tests you require.

Cultures for identification can be sent to us as viable cultures on agar plates or slants, or as food samples. Please also email us the details of isolation including:

  • substrate or host from which the fungus was isolated
  • location
  • date of isolation
  • any other relevant information
  • date of subculture and culture medium.

Australia Post’s Express Post service is the best way to send samples to us within Australia. Cultures should be securely packaged according to current international postal and air freight regulations for biological materials.

For customers outside Australia, contact us for a current import permit number and packaging instructions.

International services (outside Australia) 

The Australian animal and plant quarantine regulations are very strict, and fungal cultures cannot be imported into Australia without a valid Import Permit. The FRR Culture Collection holds permits to import many genera of fungi, including Penicillium, Aspergillus, all their teleomorphs, Fusarium, Paecilomyces, and a number of other fungal genera including yeasts. The permits are renewed on a biennial basis.

If you are sending cultures from outside of Australia, before sending you should:

  1. contact us to obtain the current import permit number and confirm that your sample will be able to enter Australia
  2. securely package your samples according to current international postal and air freight regulations for biological materials
  3. label all materials:
    Fungal Culture(s) No Commercial Value    
    Import Permit No: [insert permit number here]
  4. send by airmail if possible, if not you may use air freight.

Find out more about CSIRO's microbiology services for the food industry.