Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute manages a world-famous collection of living fungi, yeasts and bacteria. It is a centre of expertise for mycology and for research into moulds and fungi.

The Westerdijk Institute investigates the taxonomy and evolutionary biology of select groups of fungi. It also makes use of molecular and genomic methods to study the biology and ecology of fungi. It provides useful answers to questions relevant to the general public, medicine, industry and specific target groups.

What international experts have to say about the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

In 2014, an international committee of experts judged the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute to be ‘excellent’. Both the research and the collection are of superb quality. In particular, the Centre has made spectacular advances in research over the past ten years. The committee expressed its support for the Institute’s plans and made a number of recommendations for how it can sustain its current level of excellence. The committee mentioned the Institute’s ‘vitality and feasibility’ as a point of concern, by which it meant the continually rising cost of major investments and the choices associated with such costs.


Visiting address

Uppsalalaan 8
3584 CT Utrecht

Postal address

Postbus 85167
3508 AD Utrecht
Phone: 030 212 2600


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