We know our onions at NCIMB!

The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria is constantly growing due to new additions from the research community.

Strains in the collection have been isolated from diverse environments and have all kinds of uses, from research to improve understanding of plant pathology to biotechnology and green chemistry applications – and much more!

Recent additions to the collection include NCIMB 15427 Curtobacterium allii, an actinobacterial pathogen causing onion bulb rot. The strain was isolated from an onion bulb and deposited at NCIMB by Texas A&M University AgriLife researchers.

A paper describing this novel strain and proposing the name Curtobacterium allii sp. nov. was published earlier this year in the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology

The authors state that Upon testing its pathogenicity on onion bulb, it produced pathogenic response, making it the first species of pathogen belonging to the phylum actinobacteria detected in onion. 

At NCIMB we pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service. We dispatch most orders within one working day of receipt, and can ship strains to addresses within the UK and internationally.

You can find out more about our culture collection, including how to browse our catalogue and purchase strains on our culture collection pages or get in touch using the form on this page.