Services at the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection

Bacterial service analyses


A range of service analyses are available to profit and non-profit customers for the identification and characterization of bacteria.

Techniques are chosen case by case taking into account the aim of the assignment. Well-validated and up-to-date in-house databases and specialized software are used for optimal data processing and interpretation.

Service reports are included in the price.

To order an analysis, contact us and send your samples or isolates with an official (purchase) order form from your company, specifying:

  • your contact details (company name, postal address/invoice address, phone number, email address and VAT number if existing)
  • the requested analysis
  • cultivation details (if applicable).
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List of service analyses


    Partial or nearly complete 16S rRNA gene sequencing
    Sequence analysis of housekeeping genes
    Based on assembled whole genome sequence data through calculation of overall genome related index values (ANI, dDDH, ...)

Customized microbial diversity studies

  Cultivation-dependent (using MALDI-TOF-MS)

Next generation sequencing (NGS) related services

  Genome sequencing of a pure culture, incl. DNA extraction and delivery of raw reads
    Genome sequence assembly and delivery of the assembled genome sequence (WGS)

Phenotypic characterization

  Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST)
    Metabolic tests (e.g. API®, BIOLOG), only in combination with genome sequencing and/or AST

Freeze drying of third party's culture

  Freeze drying



BCCM/LMG offers its biological resources and technical expertise for scientific collaborations

  • at national and international level
  • with academics and/or industry
  • in a project consortium or bilateral context


Possible research themes for such collaborations include, but are not limited to:

  • Bacterial preservation
  • Assessing culturable microbial diversity in a wide range of environments
  • Bioprospecting
  • Food bacteriology: process contaminants, spoilers and (functional) starter cultures (with emphasis on lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria)

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Our team of PhD level experts is always available for a broad range of professional consultancy and specialist services. Covered topics include, but are not limited to

  • bacterial taxonomy and characterization
  • preservation of bacterial cultures and DNA
  • microbial biosafety and biosecurity
  • management and quality assurance of microbial resources
  • literature studies, e.g. industrial application and safety of specific organisms
  • advisory support in scientific dossiers, e.g. for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • examination of bacterial contamination in various various environments

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