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The National Culture Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCCPF) is the national facility sponsored by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, for the deposition, maintenance, identification and supply of all pathogenic fungi. Housed at the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, the centre was established in 2010 and is funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. The Collection now maintains over 2500 strains of fungi, both filamentous and yeasts, representing a large percentage of the pathogenic species in the fungal kingdom that have been cultured to date.

The main aim of the centre is to set up a facility of international standard for preservation and to handle deposits of medically important fungi and to supply authentic strains to investigators in India. Scientists and researchers would have access to database of preserved medically important fungi. The centre will also initiate fungal taxonomy research at the facility and impart training on taxonomy to interested researchers.

In diversity of species it is unchallenged as a reference centre for mycological research in India. Preservation of the organisms while maintaining their original characters is an enormous challenge. Due to high level of contamination along with change in characteristics of fungi preserved on agar, there is an increasing demand of reliable long-term preservation, which is the main aim of NCCPF. The centre also focuses on the identification of fungi, making use of phenotypic as well as molecular and genomics approaches. The significance of a collection depends not only on the quality of the strains maintained but also on the data affixed to them. The available databases allow information recovery and access to strain data. The NCCPF is a centre of expertise, advising on mycological problems of health-related and scientific nature.