VTT Culture Collection is a national service collection of microorganisms. It has been a member of international organisations such as the European Culture Collections' Organisation (ECCO) since 1984 and the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) since 1985 (number 139). The total holding of the culture collection is about 1400 yeasts, 1300 filamentous fungi and 3000 bacteria, which have been isolated or constructed during VTT research projects or ordered from other culture collections. The unique strains originate from food, brewing, malting, pulp and paper processes, human GI-tract or from the environment.

We deliver microbial pure cultures for industrial and for research purposes. Safe Deposit service of strains is offered on confidential basis. Identification and characterisation of strains based on genotypic and phenotypic methods is performed on request. For a list of our services, click here.

Quality management

The VTT operating system is certified under standard ISO 9001:2008. The certificate was awarded by DNV in 2011 and it covers research, technology transfer, consultation services and development of new technology.


Some strains are confidential and distributed only to the depositors or with their written permission. Identification and characterisation services are confidential.

Additional information
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Erna Storgårds

Senior Research Scientist
P.O. Box 1000
Tel.: +358-(0)20-722 4526
Fax: +358-(0)20-722 7071
E-mail: erna.storgards [at] vtt.fi