The Portuguese Yeast Culture Collection (PYCC) is a service and research collection that provides support to R&D activities in Portugal and abroad. PYCC is a culture collection specialized in yeasts but maintains also cultures of filamentous fungi and bacteria. The collection serves as a repository of yeast biodiversity and genetic resources, with emphasis on Mediterranean foods, beverages and natural habitats. Currently PYCC holds approximately 6000 strains. PYCC holdings can be assessed through the Collection’s online catalogue. About 1500 strains are unique to PYCC and were obtained in ecological studies carried out by researchers of the laboratories that housed the collection. Most of the current PYCC holdings have been authenticated through state-of-the-art molecular methods and all strains available in the Collection are cryopreserved at -145ºC.



José Paulo Sampaio

Professor, FCT NOVA



  • Cláudia Carvalho
  • Andreia Aires





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