Plant Pathology Herbarium

 Fungal specimen

The Plant Pathology Herbarium includes specimens of fungi, viruses, nematodes and bacteria of economic importance and is one of the largest collections of its kind in Australia.

  • Formal collection acronym: HERB-DAR (includes former NSW Forests Plant Pathology Herbarium)
  • CITES collection registration number: AU073
  • Collection managed to ISO9001 accreditation standards

These collections contain:

Maintaining the collections

The ongoing maintenance of these collections is vitally important in underpinning trade and market access for plants and plant products within Australia and internationally. These collections provide identity, distributional and host information on a range of organisms of importance to humans. They also provide important diagnostic, research and educational outcomes.

The entire Plant Pathology Herbarium has been databased. Access to the records is via the Australian Plant Pest Database portal.

The collections are protected under the Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust Act 1983 and ownership is vested in the Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust.

The entire Plant Pathology Herbarium has been databased.

The collection includes a stunning set of illustrations of plant diseases and disorders painted by artist Margaret Senior.


The collections were established in 1890 when Nathan Cobb was appointed as the first plant pathologist within the former Department of Agriculture.


Loans of material from this collection for genuine scientific purposes are available.

Living Culture collections

There are two collections of living cultures included in the Plant Pathology Herbarium:

  • The fungal culture collection includes 3500 isolates under oil on slopes and freeze dried.
  • The bacterial collection includes 1400 isolates of plant pathogenic bacteria as lyophilised cultures.

Purchasing cultures

Purchase of living cultures from this collection for genuine scientific purposes can be obtained through writing to the Unit: