The NCYC provides a full service for identifying yeasts using either; standard chemotaxonomic analysis for full physiological profiling, or DNA sequencing for rapid species identification.
DNA Fingerprinting: Authentication of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Strains:
NCYC has developed a system for rapid identification of individual yeast strains, based on the amplification of repeat sequences within the genome of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast cultures from manufacturing processes can be checked for purity, and performance by comparing with deposited samples and checking for genetic drift.
Deposit in the open collection
NCYC accepts organisms which are or will be cited in the scientific literature or which are used in national or international test procedures. No accession fee has to be paid.
Deposit of Cultures For Patent Purposes:
The NCYC is an International Depository Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty and as such can accept yeasts, other than known pathogens, for patent purposes.
Confidential Safe Deposit Service:
The NCYC will maintain proprietary yeast strains on a confidential basis; such cultures are available exclusively on the instructions of the depositor. NCYC will use deposits to verify the authenticity of strains in use.
Consultancy and Contract R & D:
The NCYC conducts ISO 9001-accredited yeast research on a strictly confidential contract basis with companies and other organisations. Contracts may be for either a defined piece of short term work or for long term research collaboration. NCYC has a variety of research based skills associated with the identification and characterization of yeasts and in screening a wide diversity of yeasts for cultures with particular attributes of value to industry or research.