A database to support plant pest diagnostic activities

Curator Fungi database

Dr. Ulrike Damm
Taxonomy, Colletotrichum
Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz

Curator Fungi database

Valerie Buijs
Phyllosticta and Citrus pathogens

Netherlands Institute for Vectors, Invasive plants and Plant health (NIVIP)
The Netherlands

Curator Fungi database

Luana Giordano
Coniferiporia, Geosmithia and Cryphonectria
Plant Protection Service Laboratory, Lombardia Region

Curator Fungi database

Aleja Giraldo Lopez
Netherlands Institute for Vectors, Invasive plants and Plant health (NIVIP)
The Netherlands

Curator Fungi database

Hans-Josef Schroers
Mycosphaerella, Verticillium, Chaetothyriales
Agricultural institute of Slovenia

EPPO-Q-bank Fungi database (in construction)

The EPPO-Q-bank Fungi database contains DNA sequence data (barcodes) for species that are of relevance to mycological phytopathology.

Currently, the database focuses on members, especially those of quarantine importance to Europe and their closest relatives. Besides plant pathogens, these genera also contain many opportunistic and saprophytic organisms. For correct identification of the causal agent of a disease, it is important that one can distinguish between these different organisms.

Contents of the EPPO-Q-bank Fungi database

Identification of fungi relies heavily on sequence information in public online databases. The EPPO-Q-bank fungal databases only contain data of properly documented strains that are, in most cases, regarded as type material or reference strains available from collections. For more details, please refer go to the "Organisms included" menu and to the "Included sequences" item in the "Methodology" menu.

How to obtain specimens or strains?

EPPO-Q-bank Fungi contains both species and strains information; all species listed in the "organisms included" page have strain(s) linked to them.  Most fungal strains listed in the EPPO-Q-bank database can be ordered through the links to the external culture collections or contact information available for those strains.


Detailed protocols for the DNA isolation and PCR amplification of the genera are included on this website. A flow diagram showing the workflow for the identification of specific quarantine species included in the database is available under the Methodology menu.

The distribution as well as relevant EPPO-protocols for fungi can be downloaded from the EPPO Global Database https://gd.eppo.int/

How to contribute to, or provide feedback on, EPPO-Q-bank Fungi

Please feel free to contact the curators (contact information on this page) if you want to contribute data to the database or have any suggestions or comments for improvement of the database.