• Institution: The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria
  • Acronym: NCIMB
  • Location:
    Wellheads Place, Dyce, Aberdeen,
    AB21 9YA,
  • Website: http://www.ncimb.co.uk
  • Correspondent:
    Dr Samantha Law
    Tel.: +44 1224 7009333
    e-mail: enquiries@ncimb.com

Members holdings

NCIMB holds thousands of ACDP category 1 & 2 bacterial strains as well as bacteriophages and plasmids in bacterial hosts. Strains within the collection have been isolated from a wide diversity of sources including marine environments, foodstuffs, soil, freshwater, higher order organisms and more. The collection includes several groups of organisms with industrial and biotechnological potential such as actinomycetes, lactic acid bacteria and extremophiles. Recent deposits also include strains isolated from the human microbiome.

Services offered

  • Culture collection sales
  • Culture deposits to the open collection
  • Patent deposits: NCIMB is an IDA under the Budapest Treaty
  • Safe deposit service: a confidential backup of your important strains
  • Secure storage: confidential, high security storage of your important strains
  • Bacterial and fungal identification Services 16S metagenomics
  • Whole gene sequencing of bacteria
  • qPCR testing services
  • Fuel testing
  • Microbiology, consultancy, testing and research services
  • Ecotoxicity testing kits and service
  • Quality control products supplied


  • Alternative user-friendly culture packaging and delivery systems
  • Identification tools/kits
  • Toxicity testing
  • Polyphasic taxonomy and identification of various bacterial groups