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Original Reference Strains


Seed stock reference strains for special applications.


Our authentic derivative QC microorganism products, delivered in user-friendly, time-saving formats, can be used for the vast majority of microbiological quality control applications. Occasionally a special research project or other application requires the use of original seed stock reference strains. That’s why we have partnered with leading global culture collections NCIMB, NCTC and NCPF to supply their original reference strains for our customers.

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NCIMB manages the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria: the UK’s biggest repository for reference strains of environmental and industrially useful bacteria, plasmids and bacteriophages. It is an important genetic resource for researchers and industry around the globe. The reference collection includes over 10,000 deposits and is continuously expanding as a result of new accessions from the international research community. Visit NCIMB's website to browse their collection.

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NCTC supplies reference bacterial cultures, including many type strains, of medical, scientific and veterinary importance worldwide. Supporting academic, health, food and veterinary institutions, the strains are used in microbiology laboratories in a range of different sectors and in research institutes worldwide. The collection consists of nearly 5,100 type and reference bacterial strains. Visit NCTC's website to browse their collection.

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NCPF is the United Kingdom's only culture collection specialising in fungi pathogenic to humans and animals. At present the collection holds over 4,000 strains of fungi and yeasts of clinical significance. The collection includes dermatophytes and related organisms including many original type strains, mould strains from sub-cutaneous and deep-seated human and animal infection, pathogenic yeast strains and strains of dimorphic fungal pathogens. Visit NCPF's website to browse their collection.

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