FF: Filamentous Fungi Identification

Over the past several years, mycology has emerged as an increasingly important part of the microbiology laboratory. Fungal contaminants can contribute to significant losses in food and industrial processes. Environmental monitoring over the last several years has focused increasingly on fungal isolates as the source of conditions such as sick building syndrome. In agriculture, fungal pathogens cause serious problems requiring constant attention from phytopathologists. In human disease, the list of fungal pathogens has grown in the clinical laboratory due to an increased population of immunocompromised patients.

The Biolog FF MicroPlate™ is the first broad based rapid identification and characterization product designed for filamentous fungi and yeast, including species from the genera Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, Alternaria, Mucor, Gliocladium, Cladosporium, Paecilomyces, Stachybotrys, Trichoderma, Zygosaccharomyces, Acremonium, Beauveria, Botryosphaeria, Botrytis, Candida, and Geotrichum.

Analysis of both color development and turbidity provides for extremely accurate identifications to the species level. There are currently over 70,000 named species of an estimated 250,000 species of fungi. For scientists working with fungi outside the Biolog database, the FF MicroPlate and MicroLog™ software have been designed to allow the user to create their own database by adding the patterns produced by new cultures.

An important added feature of the FF Database is a unique library of macroscopic and microscopic fungal photographs of the fungi to aid in the identification of unknown organisms. This tool can be used to confirm the identification of unknown organisms by providing a visual and morphological verification of each species identified.

The FF Database contains over 400 taxa of fungi from over 120 genera.

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