NCIMB joins the UK BioIndustry Association

NCIMB is now a member of the UK BioIndustry Association, and we will be exhibiting at the 19th Annual bioProcessUK conference, which will be held in Edinburgh in November. We’re looking forward to meeting other members and getting more involved with BIA throughout the year!

Download the A-Z of NCIMB to learn more about the diversity in our collection

The name of our culture collection – the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria -comes from three collections that were merged to form it. Since then the collection has continued to grow and develop, and today, our name reflects our history rather than the content of the collection today. However, people are often still surprised at the diversity of strains held at NCIMB, and might not think to search our catalogue for eg freshwater or soil strains. We love reading about all the amazing places that the strains …

ARISTO project update

The first newsletter of the ARISTO project is out now. The European Commission funded project aims to revolutionise how the toxicity of pesticides to soil microorganisms is assessed. Nine research fellows are being trained in a multinational and multidisciplinary environment by seven academic and nine industrial partners, of which NCIMB Ltd is one. In this first newsletter, ARISTO project coordinator Prof Dimitrios Karpouzas, explains the importance of improving the assessment of pesticide toxicity in relation to soil microorganisms. Soil microorganisms are the growth engines of the terrestrial ecosystems, and essential …

Guide to the Deposit of Biological Material for Patenting Purposes

NCIMB have produced a downloadable guide to the deposit of biological material for patent purposes. The patenting system was developed to stimulate innovation – offering protection in exchange for the disclosure of inventions allows other inventors to understand the latest advances and build on them to develop new technologies. For many inventions, disclosure requires a written description and drawings. In the case of inventions that are, or require the use of biological material, disclosure includes the deposit of biological material in a recognised institution. NCIMB is such an institution, and …

18 PhD places open for application at CDT SuMMer

NCIMB is delighted to be involved in a PhD project based at Heriot-Watt University that aims to improve understanding of the biodegradation and residence time of microplastics in the ocean. The project is one of 18 that make up the first of three rounds of PhD scholarships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (CDT SuMMeR). The centre, which was established to deliver the next generation of innovative transdisciplinary engaged researchers, is led by he University of Plymouth, and brings six hosting, and four …

NCIMB sponsors Royal Society of Chemistry Directing Biosynthesis conference

We are delighted to be a sponsor of the Royal Society of Chemistry Directing Biosynthesis conference, which will be held in Edinburgh and online 27-29 June 2022. Directing Biosynthesis VI will cover all aspects of microbial, plant and marine natural products research. NCIMB curates a unique collection of microorganisms with a host of potential industrial applications as well as providing laboratory services, microbial identification, whole genome sequencing, microbial community analysis, qPCR and storage services. We also work collaboratively with other organisations to unlock value from microorganisms. Early bird registration until …