Identification service for fungi, bacteria, plants, insects and complex microbial communities
UKAS accredited identification service
We are the first UK laboratory to be ISO17025 accredited by UKAS to provide identifications to species level using 16S sequencing for bacteria and ITS sequencing for fungi. Results from each sample are matched against global databases of sequenced organisms to establish their identity. For fungi and yeasts, alternative loci and morphological methods are also used where necessary to provide a fully rounded approach to finding the closest species match.
Bacterial identification – Molecular identification of isolates to species level by partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing
Yeast and filamentous fungi identification – Molecular identification of isolates to species level by partial ITS/5.8S rRNA gene sequencing
Please note: CABI does not handle microorganisms in Category A. Category A organisms are classified as infectious substances which are capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals. These include all microorganisms in hazard group 3. For further information about Category A organisms please see the WHO Guidance on regulations for the Transport of Infectious Substances 2017-2018. In order to achieve the fastest identification processing times we recommend provision of pure cultures or we can offer an optional isolation service.
Next Generation Sequencing
We utilise the power of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms such as MiSeq and Nanopore technology to provide you with benefits of high-throughput sequencing.
Complex samples analysis – Identify all organisms in your sample including unculturable and difficult to grow
Whole genome analysis – Get the comprehensive insight into your sample
MALDI ToF MS
We are experts and leaders in the field of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry research which allows us to offer you a rapid and cost-effective identification service of microorganisms as well as discrimination between various biological samples.
Rapid identification of bacteria and yeasts – Analysis against commercial Bruker database of ca. 4000 bacteria and yeasts
Same day identification service available! – Please enquire about availability and conditions
Trace to source analysis – Accurate comparisons of isolates from contaminated products and potential contamination sources
Please fill in the attached Request Form
Please follow the attached guidelines for preparation, packaging and posting of samples
The attached letter of authority should accompany your package if sending from outside the UK