HCIO: Checklist of Puccinia species

Herbarium Cryptogamae Indiae Orientalis

The foundation of Herbarium Cryptogamae Indiae Orientalis (HCIO), a national fungal herbarium facility was laid down by Sir Edwin John Butler at Pusa, Bihar in 1905. After disastrous earthquake at Pusa, Bihar in 1934, the HCIO was shifted to the Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. Ever since its inception in 1905, the HCIO continued with the identification, classification and conservation of fungal specimens.

Main objectives and activities of HCIO:

1. Collection, identification and conservation of fungal specimens
2. Providing national identification service to scientists and researchers
3. Description of new genera and species of fungi in India
4. Taxonomic characterization of different groups of fungal specimens
5. Documentation of fungal herbarium specimens
6. Compilation of fungi of India


Identification service:

The fungal disease specimens should be properly dried and to be sent for identification. The rates for identification of specimens are Rs. 1000.00 per specimen for Government and Rs. 8000.00 per specimen for Commercial Organizations. An advance payment for identification service can be made by cash or through demand draft in favour of "ICAR, Unit IARI" payable at New Delhi.








Accession of fungal diseased specimens:
Identified specimens can be sent for accession. The HCIO accession number will be allotted to the specimens and the accession report will be sent within one month after receipt of specimens. It is necessary
to mention this HCIO numbers in publication. The details as per Annexure1 should be furnished along with specimens for accession.






Dr. Deeba Kamil
Scientist & In-charge
Division of Plant Pathology
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
New Delhi, India
E-mail: deebakamil[at]gmail[dot]com




Indian Type Culture Collection (ITCC)


Catalogue of Fungal cultures 1936 - 2016



The Indian Type Culture Collection (ITCC), was established in 1936 in the then Division of Mycology and Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi with a view to furnish the knowledge on living fungi. ITCC is an affiliate member of the World Federation of Culture Collection (WFCC) and is registered with the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) having the Geographical Index number 430.

ITCC is an oldest culture collection of the country, is located in the Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. and is known for National Facility for maintenance, supply and identification of fungal cultures. Research Institutes of ICAR, CSIR, ICMR, State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), traditional universities, national and multinational companies dealing with fungal cultures are the regular clients and beneficiaries of the dedicated services provided by the ITCC. The beneficiaries of ITCC are not only from India but also from other countries like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Germany, France, United Kingdom and United States of America. This is a non-profit resource, dedicated to the collection, preservation and distribution. It is the largest fungal genetic resource centre under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi.

The main objectives of ITCC are to act as a repository, to supply authentic fungal cultures and identification of fungi as well as to provide related services to farmers, technocrats and scientists working in research Institutions, Universities and Industries for teaching, demonstration and investigational purposes to mycologists and plant pathologists throughout the country.



1.Conservation, Preservation and maintenance
2. Identification services of fungal cultures
3. Supply and deposition of authentic fungal cultures
4. Taxonomic Investigations
5. Documentation of the fungal cultures.
1. Identification of fungal and bacterial cultures
2. Supply of fungal cultures
3. Deposition of cultures



Identification of fungal and bacterial cultures

Well established facilities for identification of all groups of pure fungal cultures and plant pathogenic bacteria are available at ITCC. Identification of different groups of fungi viz., Oomycetes, Zygomycetes, Ascomycetes and Deuteromycetes and plant pathogenic bacteria are done on payment basis for the cultures received from researchers and students of different parts of the country. The report is sent after identification.

Supply of fungal cultures

Authentic fungal cultures are supplied as an active culture on an agar slope to ICAR Institutes, CSIR Institutes, ICMR Institutes, SAU’S, Traditional universities, National Institutes, Industries and other countries and are dispatched by surface mail along with the culture supply report within the country while, by air mail outside the country after two to three weeks of receiving the order.




Deposition of cultures

Fungal and bacterial cultures of Indian origin having some special (economically important) features ( producers of enzymes, toxins, antibiotics), bio-control and newly reported taxa (including new genera, new species, new records) will be deposited at ITCC to ensure ex-situ conservation of microbial diversity. The depositors are advised to give the relevant details and send the filled form along with the cultures for deposition at ITCC.


An advance payment either by cash or through Demand Draft (issued in favor of ICAR, Unit IARI, payable at New Delhi) is required for supply and Identification of cultures. The format for the different applications can be downloaded from ITCC website or Contact In charge, ITCC.


Non-Commercial Organizations/University

Commercial Organizations

Identification service



Supply Services:

Plant Pathogenic Fungi



Biocontrol Fungi



Accession services




Dr. T. Prameela Devi
Principal Scientist & In-charge
Division of Plant Pathology
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
New Delhi, India
Phone: 011-25843474
FAX: 011-25840772
E-mail: prameelancha[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]in