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CABI is a leading provider of microbial and molecular services

We are committed to delivering applied biology solutions and our team of experienced scientists have the knowledge and expertise to help solve problems in agriculture, research, environment and industry.

Essential service update - 24/03/2020

In line with the UK Government’s increased measures and our wish to provide appropriate services, CABI Bioscience is operating a skeleton staff at its labs in Egham where we are prioritising our customers in the pharmaceutical, food supply and transport industries and reviewing work on a case-by-case basis. This may mean that we are a little slower to respond and fulfil customer orders but we will do whatever is possible whilst keeping our staff safe. Please contact us if you wish to send samples in and we will advise on the best course of action.

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Culture collection: Microorganism supply and deposit

CABI manages a collection of over 30,000 living strains from 142 countries, of which 90% are unique to CABI. It is one of the world's largest Genetic Resource collections and holds the UK's National Collection of Fungus Cultures, which most notably includes Fleming's penicillin-producing isolate.

As well as supplying isolates to customers, we also store your precious cultures as freeze-dried and under liquid nitrogen (gold standard).

The diagnostic and advisory service

A unique, global service that can receive and examine plant material and plant samples and provide a diagnosis on plant health problems.

Fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas, nematodes and insect pests associated with plant symptoms are identified and isolated - information and advice is then given to effectively manage problems.

The expertise and experience of the team means they can diagnose and advise on problems of temperate and tropical crops.

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Our molecular identification service is UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 for identification of fungi and bacteria.

We can also use state-of-the-art technology, including Next Generation Sequencing and MALDI-ToF to answer complex research questions relating to agriculture and the environment.

Member Countries can take advantage of benefits that include microbial identification and a number of other services and products.

Mould contamination testing

Our Bioscience laboratories  offer a full microbial investigation, detection and testing service for all types of fungal and bacterial contamination problems in homes, workplaces, and on products.

Mould surveys and growth tests fully comply with industry standards and can be carried out on almost anything.

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Our expert scientists deliver training courses in: molecular identification of microorganisms, morphological identification of fungi, microbial techniques, isolation methods for fungi and bacteria, plant pathology, biological control and preservation of microorganisms.