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Services at the BCCM/LMG Bacteria Collection

Bacterial service analyses

 

A broad range of service analyses are available to profit and non-profit customers for the identification, typing and characterization of bacteria. In addition, BCCM/LMG also offers assays for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and microbiological activity testing.

Techniques are chosen case by case based on a number of preliminary tests and 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

Identification

MALDI-TOF MS
  Partial or nearly complete 16S rRNA gene sequencing
  Sequence analysis of housekeeping genes
  Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP™) fingerprinting
  Based on assembled whole genome sequence data

 

 

Bacterial typing

Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP™) fingerprinting
  Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA (RAPD) fingerprinting

 

 

Microbial diversity studies

Cultivation-dependent diversity studies (using MALDI-TOF-MS)
   

Bacterial counting

 

 

 

Whole genome sequencing (WGS)

WGS, incl. DNA extraction and delivery of raw reads
  WGS assembly and delivery of assembled WGS

 

 

Phenotypic characterization

Miniaturized API® strips for basic phenotypic characterization
  BIOLOG MicroPlates for extensive testing of carbohydrate assimilation
  Gas-chromatographic analysis of whole-cell fatty acid composition

 

 

Bacterial assays

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  Microbial bioassays

 

 

Cryopreservation

Freeze drying

 

Collaboration

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
  • Bioassays for antibacterial activity screening
  • Diversity and taxonomy of plant-pathogens
  • Food bacteriology: process contaminants, spoilers and (functional) starter cultures (with emphasis on lactic acid bacteria and acetic acid bacteria)
  • Intestinal microbiota in health and disease (with emphasis on bifidobacteria)

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Consultancy

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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