Desulfovibrio desulfuricans – friend or foe?

by Connor Trottor, PIPS Intern The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria includes thousands of industrial strains – but what exactly is an “industrial” strain? The collection includes strains with biotechnological potential, as well strains studied because of the problems they can cause industry. Some strains fall into both categories. Desulfovibrio desulfuricans, may be better known for its role in oilfield souring, microbiologically influenced corrosion and as a producer of toxic gas, but in this blog, PIPS intern Connor Trotter considers some of the positive applications it could …

Metagenomics, metataxonomics or 16S amplicon sequencing? An introduction to microbiome analysis.

by Julie MacKinnon, Microbiome Services Manager High throughput sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene has become an increasingly popular analysis in recent years. One of the most high-profile applications of this technology has been in analysing and understanding the human gut microbiome and this is a service that we provide at NCIMB to support our customers’ research and development work. Analysing stool samples may not sound like the most pleasant occupation, but the research being undertaken in this area, for example, in understanding the relationship between microbiome, nutrition and …

NCIMB material transfer agreement update

NCIMB Ltd is updating the material transfer agreement used when purchasing strains from the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. The change will take effect from 1 Feb 2024. We are also updating the processes in place to ensure our customers are aware of the change. From 1 February customers will need to sign and return a copy of a one page agreement before orders are dispatched. A copy of the agreement can be downloaded here. NCIMB’s standard terms of supply for cultures are for non-commercial use such …

NCIMB Supports Carbon Recycling Network Annual Conference

We’re delighted to be sponsoring drinks at the The Carbon Recycling Network annual conference in March 2024. The goal of this BBSRC-NIBB is to create a vibrant community of UK researchers who will unravel the biological, chemical and process engineering aspects of carbon recycling that that support the re-use and exploitation of greenhouse gases CO, CO2 and CH4. The conference will take place over three days and bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in this area of carbon recycling. Two of the greatest challenges facing …

Recent paper demonstrates use of NCIMB’s LumiMARA bioassay in assessing environmental toxicity of drugs and their breakdown products.

NCIMB’s multispecies microbial bioassay LumiMARA was recently used as part of a comprehensive ecotoxicity study that assessed the exposure of living organisms to the widely used antibiotic cephalosporin and its photoproducts. The results of study, undertaken by a group of Polish scientists, was published in the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry (Zandarek et al, 2023) Endocrine and pharmaceutically active compounds have been found in municipal wastewaters and surface waters receiving treated wastewater. This has concerning potential implications with respect to ecotoxicity and antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, it is not …

Christmas and new year opening hours

As the year draws to a close, we are looking forward to a winter break! It has been a busy 12 months for everyone at NCIMB, and its hard to believe it is already a year since we moved in to our new purpose-built facility. We would like to thank all our customers for working with us in 2023 and wish you a happy and healthy year ahead. We will close for the festive season on Friday 22 December 2023 and re-open on 3 January 2024. If you have any …