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Cultures from the ATCC Bacteriology Collection are useful in a variety of research and industrial applications, and include methicillin-resistant/sensitive research materials, quality control organisms for commercial identification systems, a wide selection of extremophile strains from a variety of environmental sources, and genomic DNA from well-characterized microbial strains suitable for amplification by PCR.

Bacterial Species (Alphanumeric)

Search a wide selection of cultures alphanumerically.
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Anaerobic Bacteria

There are numerous types of anaerobic bacteria with various atmospheric and nutritional requirements from clinical gut and wound isolates to environmental extremophiles.

Reporter-Labeled Bacteria

To support the need for reporter-labeled strains in basic and applied research, ATCC has developed GFP-based reporter systems compatible with Gram-negative bacteria.
DNA strands

Bacterial Genome Sequencing Strains

ATCC provides all the cultures you need to perform complex analysis of bacterial sequenced genomes.
Genomic DNA

Bacterial Nucleic Acids

Nucleic acids from ATCC Genuine Cultures can save you the time and expense of isolating DNA yourself. ATCC offers genomic DNA from well-characterized and authenticated microbial strains.

Synthetic Bacterial Nucleic Acids

How do you research bacteria that don’t grow in vitro? You go straight to ATCC synthetic nucleic acids. Now featuring Mycoplasma genitalium and Treponema pallidum!


The ATCC Bacteriology Collection holds more than 3,600 type cultures of validly described species, forming the basis for systematic bacteriology, and nearly 500 bacteriophages.
Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydia and Rickettsia

As obligate intracellular pathogens, Chlamydia and Rickettsia cultures are maintained by the ATCC Animal Virology Collection. They are useful for research related to pathogenesis, epidemiology, rapid detection, and drug development.
Nostoc a nitrogenfixing cyanobacterium LM


ATCC offers a variety of extremophiles including archaea, halophiles, acidophiles, thermophiles, psychrophiles, and alkaliphiles.

Bacterial Preceptrol Cultures

ATCC's Preceptrol cultures offer an economical way for your lab to use well-characterized ATCC strains. Most preceptrol cultures are packaged in convenient serum vials, and afforded the same standards of quality as our traditional batch vial preparations.
Staphyloccus epidermidis, Segrid McAllister and Janice Carr, CDC

Quality Control Strains

ATCC offers fully characterized strains for quality control testing, including strains that have been recommended as controls for rapid identification, tests on food and water, and use with commercial kits and instrumentation.