World Microbiome Day 2021: why microorganisms hold the key to a sustainable future

Our culture collection curator Dr Samantha Law considers the importance of microbiomes and the role of culture collections in preserving the strains within them. The theme for World Microbiome Day 2021 is sustainability –  with a focus on how microbes can contribute to a sustainable future around the world. This is a subject close to our hearts here at NCIMB: we look after the UK’s National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. This reference collection includes thousands of microbes isolated from all kinds of microbiomes, from deserts to Antarctic …

NCIMB’s culture collection curator highlights the importance of good practice in microbial maintenance in the latest edition of Microbiologist

Microbial strains are an important and often difficult to replace resource in many microbiology labs. In the latest edition of the Society of Applied Microbiology’s Magazine Microbiologist, our culture collection curator Dr Samantha Law shares some tips on best practice for maintenance and preservation of microorganisms. https://issuu.com/societyforappliedmicrobiology/docs/sfam_microbiologist_june_2021_single_pages/40

NCIMB sponsors ECS sessions at SfAM international Applied Micrbiology Conference 2021

NCIMB is delighted to be sponsoring the ECS presentations at the Society for Applied Microbiology International Applied Microbiology Conference, which runs from 7 – 11 June 2021. The session gives an opportunity for scientists who are beginning their career to showcase their recent work and it is a great way to gain experience of presenting in the friendly, supportive environment that SfAM creates! Other presentations at the conference focus on the microbiome, AMR, SARS-CoV-2, and more!

What’s this concoction? The promise and power of metagenomics

At NCIMB, we routinely identify bacteria that have been found in pharmaceutical, food and other industrial production environments. Accurate identification may help the companies involved trace the source of microbial contamination, and confirm whether repeat incidences arise from the same issue. Often these jobs arrive as pure cultures on plates, and we can pick off colonies to isolate the single species present. However, sometimes we’re faced with a more challenging question. For example, we were recently asked to identify the components of …

NCIMB is delighted to be a sponsor of ISMOS-8

NCIMB is delighted to be a sponsor of the 8th International Symposium on Applied Microbiology and Molecular Biology in Oil Systems. There’s a great programme lined up for this year’s event, which will be held online from the 8 – 11 June. It goes beyond the traditional oil and gas industry focus to include sessions on alternative fuels to oil and gas, hydrocarbon biodegradation and becoming net zero. Of course there is still a strong focus on microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) and reservoir souring – including a session on the …

NCIMB announces collaboration with German distributor Doenitz Prolab

Aberdeen-based microbiology, analytical services, and biological material storage company NCIMB Ltd has announced a new collaboration with German distributor Doenitz Prolab. Doenitz Prolab is a well-established provider of high-quality microbiology products and services, and already supplies Microbiologics quality control products, many of which contain NCIMB strains. They will now be acting as a distributor for NCIMB’s range of microbial identification services, which includes GMP compliant, genotypic identification of bacteria and fungi. NCIMB identifies thousands of environmental isolates every year for companies from a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, personal care, …