The main purpose of the Pathogen Bank is to collect, identify, store, preserve and share fungal and bacterial plant pathogens in both live and preserved forms. The Plant Micro-Pathogen Collection was established in 1996 and is managed by the Plant Pathogen Bank funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Management.
Depending on the species, pathogens are preserved in mineral oil at 17°C, or are frozen in either a 10% glycerol solution or liquid nitrogen at -196°C. Bacteria are cryopreserved using either the Bacto Protect system or liquid nitrogen. Each pathogen is preserved by at least two complementary methods and thoroughly documented (with photographs, a morphological description, and a record of spore sizes and distinctive structures, etc.).
The collection currently comprises about 2,000 fungal isolates and some 200 bacteria species, mostly from Poland and specifically:
For a full list of the pathogens included in the Plant Micro-Pathogen Collection, see:
The Pathogen Bank additionally stores quarantined microorganisms, which are kept in the Research Centre for Quarantine, Invasive and Genetically Modified Organisms at the IPP-NRI in Poznań for regulatory and safety reasons. Quarantined organisms may be shipped as long as a relevant permit has been received from the Regional Plant Health and Seed Inspection Service.
Project implemented as part of tasks 1.5
Multiannual Program of the IPP-NRI for 2016-2020
Plant Protection Institute – National Research Institute
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