KTP Associate vacancy

A microbiologist is sought for a joint project between the Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen, and NCIMB Ltd. The postholder will lead delivery of a KTP project to develop a model which supports microbial growth without oxygen, whilst also providing conditions with oxygen to support growth of epithelial cells. This dual feature will enable better simulation of the colonic environment than existing in vitro gut models. The model will be inexpensive, flexible and reduce the need for animal testing. Your role will develop and refine the model for testing anaerobic bacteria:host cell …

The power of microbes in food and feed

NCIMB’s Chief executive Dr Edward Green is heading to Teeside on Wednesday 1 May for the Pioneer Presents event: Planetary Health – Sustainable Food Systems of the Future. More sustainable food systems are urgently required if we are to feed the growing global population whilst effectively tackling climate change, preserving biodiversity and safeguarding the environment. The event will bring together experts in this area with sessions on: Dr Edward Green will presenting on the topic of the power of microbes in food and feed. Microorganisms have long played a vital …

NCIMB grows overseas sales with new Malaysian and Asia Pacific distributor dP Fluiteq

Aberdeen-based oilfield microbiology experts NCIMB Ltd have entered into an exclusive distributor agreement with dP Fluiteq for distribution of their bacterial growth media in Malaysia and Asia Pacific. The media is used in the oil and gas industry to assess the risk of microbiologically influenced corrosion in production facilities. This form of corrosion can contribute to failure of pipelines, and the presence and activity of microorganisms can also cause other issues in oilfield systems. NCIMB is a biotechnology company with decades of experience in making media suitable for culturing bacteria …

NCIMB and GitLife win innovate UK funding to support development of new therapeutic solutions

Aberdeen-based biotechnology company NCIMB is teaming up with innovative Newcastle University Spinout GitLife Biotech in a 12-month project that will investigate the therapeutic potential of gut microbes. The project aims to develop a new class of therapeutics based on living bacteria to prevent or treat disease.  The work has been funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) The project will use engineering biology to enhance the therapeutic potential of microbial strains from NCIMB’s culture collection. Explaining more about the work, NCIMB’s CEO Dr Edward Green said: …

ARISTO project summer school

Six funded places available to PhD students interested in microbial ecology, environmental risk assessment and pollutants biodegradation The EU funded ARISTO project is organising a summer school that aims to provide insights into the complex interactions driving the response of environmental microbial communities to different stressors. Topics covered will include biodegradation of pollutants and the life cycle and responses of N cycling microbial groups and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as key functional microbial groups in soil ecosystems. Novel risk assessment approaches for pesticides and terrestrial ecosystems will be presented, including soil …

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 …