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


  Partial or nearly complete 16S rRNA gene sequencing
  Sequence analysis of housekeeping genes
  Based on assembled whole genome sequence data



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

Bacterial assays

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST)

Phenotypic characterization

(only in combination with WGS or AST)

Miniaturized API® strips for basic phenotypic characterization
  BIOLOG MicroPlates for extensive testing of carbohydrate assimilation


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
  • 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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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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