Mycological Centre in the biodiversity and taxonomy of fungi in
Egypt and other Arab Countries
It was placed temporarily in the Botany
Department, Faculty of Science, but in July 2006 it moved to a
permanent building in the University Campus. The building
consists of three floors, each of 472.5 square meters (total
area 1417.5 square meters).
It includes the culture collection cold room
(5ºC), molecular biology laboratory, research laboratories,
lyophilization room, herbarium of dried cultures of fungi,
library and seminar room.
The AUMC maintains more than 6000 strains
representing more than 500 different species. They were isolated
from numerous sources: soil, air, food-, and feed-stuffs, plant,
animal and human bodies from Egypt and Arab, African, Asian and
European countries, USA and Argentina, in addition to cultures
borrowed from international mycological centres. It is the largest
reference culture collection of fungi in Egypt and Arab countries.
Academic Staff: 12 university staff-members
who are specialized in mycology.
Technical Staff: 15 B.Sc. graduates of
Botany, Chemistry/Botany, Chemistry/Microbiology and Agriculture.