BCCM/MUCL Environmental and Applied Mycology

BCCM/MUCL develops and preserves the collection of filamentous fungi, yeasts and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, as well as the associated information, facilitates its valorization and provides services to third parties.


BCCM/MUCL is embedded in the Laboratory of Mycology, which is part of the Earth and Life Institute (ELI), in particular the Pole of Applied Microbiology (ELIM) of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).

The Mycothèque de l’Université catholique de Louvain was officially founded in 1894 by Prof. P. Biourge at the Brewery High School of the Catholic University of Leuven. In 1972 the collection was officially recognized by the World Federation of Culture Collections. MUCL became a founding partner of the Belgian Co-ordinated Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM) in 1983, and was recognised as an international authority for the deposit of fungal material in the framework of the Budapest treaty in 1992.

BCCM/MUCL research is mainly focused on the areas:

  • Fungal diversity in natural and anthropological ecosystems
  • Agro-food: food and feed transformation and spoilage
  • Fungal-plant interactions

Activities typically performed at BCCM/MUCL are oriented towards the

  • Identification, taxonomy and classification
  • Phylogenetic sequence analyses for gene and species evolution
  • Detection and cultivation
  • Preservation

of different fungal groups (lignocellulolytic fungi, fungi involved in food processing and spoilage,  fermentative yeasts, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, fungal pathogens in tropical environments).


Scope of the biological material

  • Fungal diversity of environmental, agricultural, industrial, and food significance.
  • Type, reference, and test strains.
  • Strains for use in fermented foods, animal feed, biopesticides and biofertilisers (i.e. mycorrhizae), edible mushrooms, production of primary and secondary metabolites (i.e. antibiotics, enzymes and polysaccharides), etc.
  • Not accepted: animal and human pathogens mentioned in the European Union Directive 2000/54/EC and its updates. Concerning medically relevant fungi, please refer to BCCM/IHEM.


The collection holds over 30,000 strains of filamentous and yeast-like fungi, representing more than 4000 species and 1200 genera.

The mycological herbarium contains about 40,000 specimen.

BCCM/MUCL houses the Penicillium collections of P. Biourge (founder of the collection in 1892) and G.L. Hennebert, as well as the UCL brewery yeast collection.



Accession, control, preservation, storage and supply of BCCM/MUCL collection material and related information in the frame of public deposits, safe deposits and patent deposits are ISO 9001:2008 certified.



The biological material of the public collection is distributed to profit and non-profit clients under the conditions of the BCCM Material Transfer Agreement (MTA).

More information on ordering microbial resources can be found here.

Consult the BCCM/MUCL catalogue to search the materials you require.

See also the price list




BCCM/MUCL accepts public deposits as well as safe deposits and patent deposits.

Deposits of strains for public access are generally without costs for the depositor. The acceptance of larger series of (conspecific) strains may be facilitated if a contribution towards the costs can be made by the depositor.

More information on how to deposit your material can be found here


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