Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (Westerdijk Institute) is an Academy research institute that maintains a world-renowned microbial biological resource centre of living fungi, yeasts and bacteria. It is also a centre of expertise for mycology (the study of fungi and moulds).

The Westerdijk Institute studies fungal biodiversity in the widest possible sense. Its researchers develop and utilise a broad range of techniques for studying fungal biology, ecology, and genetics. The institute’s unique collection of more than 100,000 living strains of fungi puts it at the top of the global list of mycology research institutes. The Westerdijk Institute provides answers to socially relevant questions concerning health, agriculture and industry. 

What international experts say about the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Centre (previously the Fungal Biodiversity Centre, CBS)

In 2014, an international committee of experts judged the institute to be ‘excellent’. Both the research and the collection are of superb quality. In particular, the institute has made spectacular advances in research over the past ten years.  Download the assessment report. (For the other documents, see the sidebar on this page.)/


Visiting address

Uppsalalaan 8
3584 CT Utrecht

Postal address

Postbus 85167
3508 AD Utrecht
Phone: 030 212 2600


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