The process for depositing bacterial strains is relatively simple and requires a dialogue between the depositor and NCTC. This is essential to ensure that relevant biosafety and culture information is captured. The system is deliberately flexible in order for NCTC and end users to meet depositor requirements.
Why deposit with us?
There are two main reasons why scientists and clinicians deposit strains with the National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC). Firstly, when they isolate a novel species of bacteria, as part of the process of naming and describing the organism, authors are required to deposit the type strain in at least two culture collections located in different countries to comply with the Bacteriological Code. They must also provide documentary evidence that the strains have been deposited, are viable and available to other researchers without restrictions on their use for taxonomic research.
Secondly, many researchers ensure the bacterial strains they isolate (e.g as part of an outbreak investigation and/or for their particular characteristics) are preserved and available to the wider scientific community by depositing with NCTC.
Culture Collections staff are here to ensure that the deposit of strains into our collection is a trouble-free experience.
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