There are more than 10,000 deposits in the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. The strains are a valuable reference for identification, and have a wide range of potential industrial applications.
Some potential applications include:
Please see our MTA download for more information.
All reference strains are supplied under the terms of our Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), which allows scientists greater flexibility in the responsible use of our strains.
You can contact us to enquire about availability of specific strains, or search the NCIMB catalogue on this website.
The catalogue gives details of the colony and cellular morphology you can expect from the strain as well as information on growth requirements, metabolite production, the environment from which the strain was isolated, equivalency and references, where available.
Most bacterial cultures are supplied freeze-dried in sealed glass ampoules, but these can also be supplied as an active culture if required.
Bacteriophages and plasmids are supplied as thawed liquid suspensions in plastic vials.
All cultures supplied by NCIMB are, to the best of our knowledge, free of background IP or ownership issues which prevent or restrict scientific research associated with those cultures. Should there be any pre-conditions attached to the release or use of an NCIMB culture outside those already stipulated in our standard Material Transfer Agreement (MTA), we will inform the purchaser in advance.
It is ultimately the responsibility of the end user to ensure that any development, commercial exploitation or use of cultures supplied does not infringe patent or other IP or ownership rights already granted, or have any obligations with regard to the country of origin as laid down in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
For more information about the implications of the CBD for culture collection users and depositors, please see our CBD information sheet.
Most strains within the collection are available for immediate dispatch. Reference cultures can be ordered by email or via our online catalogue.
There are two bands of pricing for reference strains from the culture collection.
*Up to10 items, for greater quantities, please contact us. Prices, postage and handling costs are subject to change without notice. Transport of bacteria by airmail is prohibited to some countries; please contact us for more information.
Explanatory note on equivalency
There is some overlap in strain holdings between major culture collections, where the same strain has been deposited in multiple collections. Culture collections share this information where it is known, and most publish a list of "equivalents".
No culture collection can absolutely guarantee strain equivalency as errors occasionally happen and in a very few cases genetic drift may alter the properties of the strain between collections. However these are rare occurrences, and it is generally accepted that, for example, when a collection states that Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIMB 8295 = NCTC 10332 = DSM 50071 = CECT 110 = CIP 63.52 these cultures will be indistinguishable from one another.
Please note that claims of "equivalency" by NCIMB do not make any claim upon the handling rights or ownership of that strain. Each culture collection has its own conditions of supply and/or MTA which may place restrictions or undertakings when using that strain. All culture collection users should take care to read those conditions when purchasing any organism from a culture collection.
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