Institutional Collection: ARS Collection of Entomopathogenic Fungal Cultures

Collection Information

Status of Collection: 
Accession Status: 
Collection Description: 

This collection is the world's largest, most kaleidoscopic, and more comprehensive collection of living cultures of fungi that are pathogenic to or associated with insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other invertebrates. Some isolates in the collection are not themselves invertebrate pathogens but are critically important for the improvements of taxonomies and systematics for the many diverse groups of fungi represented here. As of July 2016, ARSEF maintains more than 13000 isolates of more than 700 taxa of fungi isolated from 1300 hosts collected at more than 2400 locations on every continent.

Collection Content Type: 
Biological: Living organisms
Preservation Type: 
Sample Treatment: Cryopreserved
Sample Treatment: Dried
Storage Environment: Frozen (-132 - -196)
Access Eligibility and Rules: 
Cultures or other needed information about culturing and preserving these fungi, or about their biologies can be requested by email, fax, or phone contact with the Curator. The extensively indexed on-line catalog provides detailed information about all ARSEF isolates available for redistribution, and about processes for either requesting or submitting isolates to the collection.
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Collection's Mailing Address

Mailing Address 1: 
USDA/ARS, Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research Unit
Mailing Address 2: 
Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture & Health
Mailing Address 3: 
538 Tower Rd.
New York
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Collection Contact Information

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  • Created: 22 July 2016 - 11:24am EDT
  • Updated: 26 September 2016 - 2:21pm EDT