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 …

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 …

Dr Edward Green to highlight potential for biotech application of NCIMB microbial strains at Scottish Fermentation Network Meeting.

NCIMB’s CEO Dr Edward Green is presenting at the 12th Scottish Fermentation Network meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday 8 November 2023. The theme of this one-day conference, which has been jointly organised by IBioIC and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), is “Sustainable Biobased Chemicals Production – Towards a Low Carbon Future”, and Edward will be highlighting how NCIMB can support that vision through the strains within our culture collection and the supporting services we provide to industry. NCIMB’s culture collection, the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria …

We know our onions at NCIMB!

The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria is constantly growing due to new additions from the research community. Strains in the collection have been isolated from diverse environments and have all kinds of uses, from research to improve understanding of plant pathology to biotechnology and green chemistry applications – and much more! Recent additions to the collection include NCIMB 15427 Curtobacterium allii, an actinobacterial pathogen causing onion bulb rot. The strain was isolated from an onion bulb and deposited at NCIMB by Texas A&M University AgriLife researchers. A …

A sustainable future with microbes at its core

Celebrating International Microorganism Day Blog post by Connor Trotter, EASTBIO DTP PIPS intern I’ve just started a 3-month placement at NCIMB Ltd – home to the UK’s National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. With such an amazing microbial resource at my fingertips, to celebrate International Microorganism Day, I decided to delve into the culture collection, pick out a few interesting strains, and highlight some of the important applications that microorganisms have. Microorganisms are Earth’s smallest, and most ancient lifeforms. Found across all major domains of the modern Tree …