Canadian Collection of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (CCAMF)

CCAMF maintains a collection of in vitro and in vivo cultures, and provides the scientific community and the clean-technology industry with high-quality arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. The diversity of preserved strains is a key resource for the development of new bioproducts and biotechnologies capable of sustaining, in the long-term, the quality and the yields of Canadian agriculture.

Order GINCO cultures

Access the collection of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. For the scientific community and for the bio-fertilizers industry

Order Ri T-DNA transformed roots

Access to natural roots substitutes for the in vitro culture of AMF

Deposit cultures

Requirements and instructions for depositing a culture

Laboratory protocols

For students and lab technicians culturing arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi either under in vivo or in vitro conditions

Research centres and collections

Research centres and collections across Canada

Contact information

Manager: Claudia Banchini
Curator: Dr. Franck Stefani

Additional Information

Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are obligate symbiotic microorganisms that live in association with plant roots. These soil fungi improve soil health and alleviate biotic and abiotic stresses of their host. The CCAMF maintains about 100 in vitro cultures and 400 in vivo cultures.

CCAMF includes the Glomeromycota IN vitro COllection (GINCO), the first international collection of Glomeromycota propagated under monoxenic culture conditions on excised roots. It was established as part of an international scientific collaboration effort between Ottawa Research and Development Centre (Dr. Yolande Dalpé) and the Mycothèque de l'Université catholique de Louvain (Dr. Stéphane Declerck).