National Collection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria – NCPPB

October 16, 2023

Collection Website

Organizational structure

Government Agency

Collection Institution/Entity

Fera Science Ltd

Collection Contact

Andrew Aspin

Position of Collection contact


Collection Email

Collection Phone

+44 (0) 1904 462344

Collection can be contacted


  • Has continued institutional support
  • Interested in Culture Collections Exchange
  • Interested in working with samples from different repositories
  • Interested in Collaborative Programs
  • Collection contains reference strains
  • Ability to accept orphan collections
  • Collection contains sequencing data

Collection Category

Publicly available (qualified curator, collection management policies, microbial specimens, a database of collection information, an online strain catalog, and distributes strains to the scientific community)

Capacity to accept orphan collections

Case by case basis but no more than 1000.

Collection follows best management practice guideline

OECD Best Practices Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres (, World Federation for Culture Collections Guidelines (

Organisms in Collection


Reference strains in collection

We house type strains and reference strains of plant pathogenic bacteria used worldwide.

Sequencing data in collection


Training opportunities provided by Collection

Does not provide training

Funding Sources for Research performed with Collection specimens

Mostly Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (UK govt)

Availability and distribution mechanisms

Fee per strain for distribution, Culture exchange

Services provided by Collection

Strain isolation/taxonomic identification, Custom material preparation (such as genomic DNA/RNA), Consulting

Consultations provided by Collection

Preservation, Shipment regulations, Plant quarantine

Host Associations in Collection

Grain crops, Fruits, Vegetables, Other Plants

Research fields relevant to Collection

Agriculture, Culture and preservation methods, Freeze drying and cryopreservation, General microbiology, Plant pathology, Systematics and taxonomy