Glomeromycota in vitro Collection (GINCO)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) manages the Glomeromycetes in vitro Collection (GINCO), a premier collection of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi which are obligate symbiotic microorganisms that live in association with plants and are beneficial to their growth and their protection against stresses. The collection is a tremendous resource for the scientific community and for the bio-fertilizers industry as it provides them with high-quality, contaminant-free AM fungi. The diverse preserved strains play an essential role in the development of new bioproducts and biotechnologies capable of sustaining, in the long-term, the quality and the yields of Canadian agriculture.

GINCO is the first international collection of Glomeromycetes propagated under monoxenic culture conditions on excised roots. It was established as part of an international scientific collaboration effort between AAFC's link to Ottawa Research and Development Centre, the Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures and the Mycothèque de l'Université catholique de Louvain.

E-mail address: ginco@agr.gc.ca

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