Microfungus Collection and Herbarium

UAMH Centre for Global Microfungal Biodiversity


  • Culturable fungi of all types with specialization in ascomycetous and hyphomycetous microfungi. 
  • Fungi associated with human and animal disease including pathogenic, opportunistic, allergenic and toxic fungi.  
  • Plant root associated endophytes and mycorrhizal symbionts of woody, ericaceous and orchidaceous plants especially from boreal habitats. 
  • Environmental fungi causing stain and decay or problems in the built environment. 
  • Insect associated fungi including large collections of Ophiostomatales associated with mountain pine and other bark beetles. 
  • Probably the world’s largest collection of fungi belonging to the Onygenales (Ascomycota) and their associated mitotic stages. 
  • Many representatives of Leotiomycetes, Eurotiales, Microascales, keratinophilic and arthroconidial fungi. 
  • Edible fungi acquired from Alberta Environment.

We encourage scientists in Canada and elsewhere to deposit scientifically important or interesting isolates.

Ascospores of Chlamydosauromyces punctatus

Colony and ascospores of Chlamydosauromyces punctatus, an onygenalean fungus isolated from shed skin of a frilled lizard.

Colony of Meliniomyces variabilis

Shown is Meliniomyces variabilis, found in roots of many plants (Ericaceae, Orchidaceae, Pinaceae) and a member of the Rhizoscyphus (Hymenoscyphus) ericae complex.