1. Collection
Registered Number 1245
Full Name NIFS-Sri Lanka Culture Collection
Institution National Institute of Fundamental Studies
2. Correspondent
Prof. Renuka Ratnayake
Postal Address Hantana Road,Kandy,Central,20000
Country Sri Lanka
Telephone 1 (94) - 81 223 2002
Telephone 2 (+94) 77 317 5850
Fax 1 (+94) 81 22 32 131
E-mail 1 renuka.ra@nifs.ac.lk
E-mail 2 renukaratnayake12@gmail.com
Homepage www.nifs.ac.lk 
3. Status of the collection
Status Semi-governmental
4. Sponsors and budget
Sponsor National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka
5. Personnel
Director Prof. Renuka Ratnayake
Curator Miss. Tharangika Bowange (Microbiology)
Miss. Sandhya Jayasekara (Microbiology)
Number of Staff Bacteriology (1)
Algology (1)
Mycology (1)
Assistants (1)
Computer specialist (1)
Total (5)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Agriculture
Applied microbiology
Culture and preservation methods
Food science
General microbiology
Industrial microbiology
Molecular biology
Plant pathology
Systematics and taxonomy
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freezer(Fungi,Bacteria,Cyanobacteria, Yeast)
Subculturing(Fungi,Bacteria,Cyanobacteria, Yeast)
Storage of fungal spores in sterile distilled water(Fungi)
Control of the culture Polyphasic identification and strain characterization
Long-term preservation of cultures at -80°C
Managing strain stocks devoid of contamination
Consistent evaluation of isolates for value addition
Short-term preservation of cultures 0-4 °C
Routine viability checking
Deposit to other collections in your country
Source(s) of strains for people in this country: isolated by or introduced from Isolation by ourselves
Personally from the scientists in our country
From the collections in our country
From the research institutions in our country
the collection abroadDSMZ(Germany)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Bacteria 44 44
Fungi 130 130
Yeasts 30 30
Cyanobacteria 241 241 1 1
Number of strains last year Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Microbes distributed
(total number)/(in your country)
Bacteria 38 38 5 5
Fungi 100 100 15 15
Yeasts 30 30 4 4
Cyanobacteria 140 140 1 1 7 7
9. Catalogue
Catalogue Plan to publish the first edition in 2022
Need help to publish
10. Services
Services Storage service(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts and Cyanobacteria)
Training Management of a culture collection
Culture and preservation methods
Consulation about Preservation
Other Service Providing training sessions for students and technical staff members of the universities
Providing research facilities for postgraduate/ undergraduate research students
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 2021-03-29
Date of Reply 2021-03-29