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Brucella abortus

Brucella abortus

Catalogue No.

NCTC 10093

Current Name

Brucella abortus

Type Strain

Type Strain

Original Strain Reference



This pathogen is listed as a specified animal pathogen according to The Specified Animal Pathogens Order 2008. As such a SAPO licence is required to possess or work on this pathogen and is the responsibility of the customer to obtain from the HSE (UK only)  The regulation of specified animal pathogens

Culture Conditions

Growth Conditions on Solid Media

Blood agar, 37°C, CO₂ required

Biological and Genomic Info


Potassium cyanide: -


Biotype 1

Gram Stain Result


Enzyme Tests

Beta-galactosidase: -

Gelatinase: -

Lecithinase / alpha: -

Strain Data

(ATCC 23448) Type strain and Recommended WHO/FAO Reference strain for Biotype 1 / D.J.H. Payne, PHLS Northallerton in 1960 / Report (1953) WHO Tech. Rep. Ser. 67, 20 WHO Tech. Rep. Ser. (1959) 172, 21 / Subcommittee (1963) Int. Bull. bact. Nomencl. Taxon. 13, 153 / Meyer, M.E. & Morgan, W.J.B. (1973) Int. J. syst. Bact. 23, 135

Colony Appearance

Smooth, Shiny

Additional Info

Accession Date






Previous Catalogue Name

Brucella melitensis



1953 WHO TECH REP SER 67; 1959 WHO TECH REP SER 172 21

Extended Bibliography

SKERMAN (V.B.D.), McGOWAN (V.) and SNEATH (P.H.A.) (editors), (1980), Approved Lists of Bacterial Names., Int. J. Syst. Bacteriol., 225-420, 1 SCHMIDT (J.), (1899), Familie Bacteriaceae., 1901 A comparison of the morphologic, cultural and biochemical characteristics of B. abortus and B. melitensis from cattle. A List of type and reference strains of bacteria., Designation of Neotype Strains and of Biotype Reference Strains for Species of the Genus Brucella Meyer and Shaw., Report (1953) WHO Tech. Rep. Ser. WHO Tech. Rep. Ser. (1959)

Available Formats

  • Ampoule (Bacteria)
  • Bacterial DNA - 2µg

If use of this culture results in a scientific publication, it should be cited in the publication as: Brucella abortus (NCTC 10093)

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