NCIMB sponsors Microbiology Society Annual Conference

Less than two weeks until the Microbiology Society’s annual conference, and we are delighted to be one of the sponsors for this year’s annual event. Of course we will miss the buzz of a packed exhibitor hall, but there is a packed programme that even include online social events – looks like it will be a great week!

Do I know you?

Do you follow best-practice in the maintenance and preservation of your microorganisms? “Do I know you?” is our light-hearted guide. You can download a copy by clicking on the image below.

The 8th Beneficial Microbes Conference: Jude Huggan reflects on some highlights of the virtual event

I was really looking forward to attending the 8th Beneficial Microbes conference, an event which focuses on identifying gaps, needs and opportunities for applications of pre-, pro- and postbiotics in human and animal health, and I was not disappointed! The conference had a fantastic programme, with speakers from both industry and academia showcasing the latest research on pre- and probiotics and the gut microbiome, the microbiota-gut-brain axis and the microbiome beyond the gut. There were sessions focussing on the placenta, milk and skin microbiomes as well a session on the …

New Acinetobacter strain available from NCIMB

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria include an Acinetobacter type strain. NCIMB 15260 Acinetobacter kanungoii (PS-1) was isolated from a fresh water fish from the Mahanadi River in central India, and deposited by the Institute of Life Sciences, a research institute in Bhubaneswar, India. This strain is one of 106 Acinetobacter strains in the NCIMB culture collection. For more information about purchasing any of our strains contact or go to

NCIMB culture collection deposits & services reflect growing microbiome research activity

NCIMB’s NGS services manager Dr Daniel Swan examines how developments in microbiome and probiotics research have been reflected in activity at NCIMB, from additions to their culture collection to provision of whole genome sequencing and metagenomics services. NCIMB Ltd is custodian of the UK’s National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. That might sound like an eclectic mix, but over the past 70 years the content of the collection has become increasingly diverse, and it now includes bacteria for a huge range of ecological niches. The collection has always …

Two new methanotrophs added to the NCIMB collection

Two new methanotroph strains have been added to the National Collection of Industrial, Marine and Food Bacteria. The strains were deposited by the Biodiscovery Institute in Nottingham. In a recently published paper describing their isolation and characterisation, the authors highlight that by using methane gas as a carbon source and accumulating the carbon as the biodegradable plastic polymer poly-3-hydroxybutrate, methanotrophs may hold the key to simultaneously tackling two major environmental issues – waste plastic, and emissions of methane, the second most abundant greenhouse gas. NCIMB 15262 Methylocystis parvus (BRCS2) was …