DNA from 1008 strains of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, digested by restriction endonucleases PstI and BstEII, was hybridised with a standard IS900 probe prepared by PCR and labelled non-radioactively by ECL. DNA fingerprints were scanned by CCD camera and analysed using the software Gel Compar (Applied Maths, Kortrijk, Belgium). Thirteen restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) (PstI) types were detected, which where designated as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M in accordance with the study of Pavlik et al. (1995) [Pavlik, I., Bejckova, L., Pavlas, M., Rozsypalova, V., Koskova, S., 1995. Characterization by restriction endonuclease analysis and DNA hybridization using IS900 of bovine, ovine, caprine and human dependent strains of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis isolated in various localities. Vet. Microbiol. 45, 311-318]. Twenty RFLP (BstEII) types were detected and designated as C1-3, C5, C7-20, S1 and I1 in accordance with the study by Collins et al. 1990 [Collins, D.M., Gabric, D.M., de Lisle, G.W., 1990. Identification of two groups of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis strains by restriction endonuclease analysis and DNA hybridization. J. Clin. Microbiol. 28, 1591-1596]. A combination of both RFLP (PstI) and RFLP (BstEII) results revealed a total of 28 different RFLP types. All the RFLP types and detailed protocols are available at Intemet web site WWW...: http:/ /www.vri.cz/wwwrflptext.htm.