Collection content

Definition: Collection of filamentous fungi and yeasts isolated from human infections.

Microbial group/s: Filamentous Fungi and Yeasts.

Total number of strains: >19000 strains

Taxa (number of strains):

-Filamentous Fungi (>9000)

-Yeasts (>10300)

Isolation source/Origin: Human infections.

Preservation method:

-Filamentous fungi: suspension of spores in water at 4 ° C and cryotubes -20 ° C

-Yeasts: in water at 4 ° C and lyophilized

Information management: Data base

Characterization level: Basic characteristics. About half are molecularly identified. Antifungal sensitivity study in a third of the collection.


Internal: Internal use for the service and its collaborators.

External: Occasionally, they are sent to other research centers that collaborate with our team members.


Key words: filamentous fungi, yeasts, human pathogens, antifungals, diagnosis, epidemiology, typing.


  • Identification and typing of human pathogenic fungi
  • Development of diagnostic methods, antifungal sensitivity techniques and study of resistance mechanisms
  • Development of fungal infection models.
  • Study of the pathogenesis of human pathogenic fungi. Pathogen-host interactions
  • Epidemiology of human pathogenic fungi
  • Monitoring of antifungal levels

Quality Certifications

Accredited by ENAC Standard UNE-EN ISO 15189/2007 since 2006. There is a PNT for the conservation, maintenance and management of strains of the collection since 2011.

Brief historical review

Collection started more than 17 years ago, arising from the need to maintain a catalog of clinical strains of pathogenic fungi. In 2011 a unit was formed within the Service that is in charge of its maintenance and conservation. It currently houses more than 19,000 strains.