Culture Collections

National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF)

NCPF LogoWelcome to the National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi, a Culture Collection of
Public Health England.


About NCPF

Fungi Collage 2NCPF is the United Kingdom's only culture collection specialising in fungi pathogenic to humans and animals. Since its inception at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1946 the NCPF has been an integral part of the Mycology Reference Laboratory which means that the expertise is available on site for strain authentication.

At present the collection holds over 4,000 fungal strains, many examples of which are available for sale and distribution. This includes dermatophytes and related organisms from the UK and abroad from human and animal infections including many original type strains, mould strains from sub-cutaneous and deep-seated human and animal infection, pathogenic yeast strains and strains of dimorphic fungal pathogens.

NCPF also provides a range of associated services including courses on the identification of pathogenic fungi, molecular strain typing studies, classical and molecular taxonomic studies and construction of antibiograms for developmental antifungal drugs.

NCPF is located at the Mycology Reference Laboratory, Bristol, which is part of the Specialist and Reference Microbiology Division of Public Health England, UK. Furthermore, NCPF is one of the four collections which constitute the Culture Collections of Public Health England.

The collection holds over 4,000 strains of fungi and yeasts of clinical significance.  Many of these are available for use in the biomedical scientific community.

You can either search the collection or browse by alphabetical listing.


NCPF is a registered trademark of Public Health England in the UK. The trademark must not be used without a license agreement. Parties interested in using the trademarks should contact us 


Related links

Training Course - Identification of Pathogenic Fungi

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