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Improving lives by solving problems in agriculture and the environment



Our world expert scientists provide training in molecular identification of microorganisms, morphological identification of fungi, microbial techniques, isolation methods for fungi and bacteria, plant pathology, biological control and preservation of microorganisms.

13 - 15 November 2018

This course provides expert tuition in isolating and culturing fungi from environmental sources, identifying at least 20 common fungal genera by morphology and providing information on hazard status of key environmental and laboratory species. 

It will be of particular value to those working in the pharmaceutical, food and biotechnology industries; laboratory personnel involved in quality control of clean rooms, products and industrial processes; technical staff working in environmental mycology and conservation personnel in the heritage sector.

Participants will receive, a comprehensive course manual, powerpoint lectures, authoritatively named cultures and practical demonstrations. Free slide boxes will be provided to take away labelled slides prepared during the course. Lectures and digital images will be provided on a memory stick.

The programme

The three-day programme includes lectures and practical demonstrations of techniques. Discussions and workshops will provide participants with further opportunities to discuss aspects of their work with tutors and other course participants and to update their skills and knowledge.

Day 1:
  • Environmental sampling techniques
  • Isolation methods
  • Use of media; culturing techniques
  • Slide preparation
Day 2:
  • Introduction to fungal groups
  • Mucoraceous fungi: Mucor, Rhizopus and related genera
  • Conidial fungi including: Alternaria, Aureobasidium, Beauveria, Cladosporium, Epicoccum, Geotrichum, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma
Day 3:
  • Aspergillus, Penicillium, Paecilomyces, Fusarium, Chaetomium
  • Identifying fungi using taxonomic keys
  • Review of the course
  • Certificate presentation



CABI Europe-UK, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey TW20 9TY.

CABI houses the UK’s National Collection of Fungus Cultures. CABI's Genetic Resources Collection is recognized as one of the world’s most important collections of fungi and bacteria and consists of over 28,000 living specimens.

Course cost and registration

The course costs £1925 (excl. VAT), including buffet lunch and refreshments.

Other discounts:

  • 5% per person for 2 or more bookings from same organization (applies to non-members only)
  • 20% for CABI Member Countries in bands 1-4. 


"A very enjoyable learning experience – productive environment.  No question too silly, very patient tutors, a wealth (fountain) of knowledge" 

 "Outstanding Course. Staff attentive and exceptionally helpful" 

"Course has been a brilliant eye opener.  I am leaving feeling far more enthused and confident about the subject"

 "Excellent course presented by experts with so much knowledge and expertise"


To apply or receive further details about the course, please contact:

Ms Allison Dorsett
Tel: 01491 829032
Fax: 01491 829100