Whole-Genome Sequencing Services: Bacteria and Fungi

Our whole-genome sequencing services use the most accurate technology platforms available, to generate de novo genome assemblies to a high degree of contiguity, simplifying downstream analysis of your strains. We undertake sequencing for a range of different industry sectors and applications.

Whole-genome sequencing for secondary metabolite prediction and natural product analysis

A high-quality whole-genome sequence enables the ultimate in strain characterisation, and can be a first step in the development of new or improved microbial applications and processes.

Whole-genome sequencing allows us to take a deep dive into a strain, and can be used to rapidly screen for the production of industrially or clinically important secondary metabolites. With the latest tools for genome annotation and genome mining, we ensure that our customers get maximum value from their genomic data.

We offer whole genome sequencing as service to customers wishing to sequence their own strains, and also work in collaboration with other researchers to explore the potential of our own culture collection.

Whole genome sequencing and characterisation of strains used for food additive or industrial purposes

Whole genome sequencing is a key consideration in the responsible use of microbes as food and animal feed additives, as well as for other industrial applications such as biotherapeutics. Our comprehensive genomics service includes genome sequencing, assembly and annotation, including prediction of antimicrobial resistance genes and virulence factors.

We work to ensure regulatory compliance for our customers, and offer a package of services to meet EFSA/FEEDAP guidance for animal feed additives. Once sequenced, the whole genome data is available for any future analysis required

Services can be tailored to meet individual customer needs for a range of industry sectors, and we can undertake bioinformatics analysis on existing datasets.

We also offer a full range of microbiology tests and analyses to help you determine the functional characteristics of candidate strains and assess their suitability for use in probiotic products and other industrial applications.

  • More information about our services services for animal feed additives and probiotic products can be found here.
  • Find out more about the work we have done to help screen candidate strains for live biotherapeutics development in our case study.

Three-point strain health check service

NCIMB offers a whole-genome sequencing-based three-point strain health check service that is applicable to microbial strains used in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, fermentation systems such as anaerobic digesters and food and drink manufacturing - in fact, any application where your process relies on microbial products.

The three elements of our strain health check are "Identify", "Monitor" and "Comply" - identify and assess strain functionality; monitor for strains drift and comply with regulations and mitigate risk.

The service includes an initial consultation to determine and agree the required work scope after which the sample can be shipped to us. We will then carry out the sample preparation and DNA extraction prior to whole genome sequencing. This is followed by bioinformatics analysis, comparative genomics (either to compare working and master stocks, or to help select the most suitable strain for a particular purpose), reporting and a final consultation.

Easy Sample Submission

You can submit DNA or pure cultures for whole genome sequencing. If you don't have the time or facilities to pre-prepare samples, we can accept mixed cultures, lyophilised end products, and other sample types such as water, slimes or contaminated products for DNA extraction prior to sequencing.
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NGS and Bioinformatics Services
Characterisation of Probiotic Strains & Feed Additives
Three-Point Strain Health Check

Screening candidate strains for live biotherapeutics development

Read our case study to find out more!

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