Searching the NCIMB catalogue for strains “equivalent” to those in other collections

There is some overlap between major culture collections, with most including a list of “equivalents” in their catalogues. Consequently, it is possible to search the NCIMB catalogue using strain numbers from other collections. NCIMB’s culture collection curator Dr Samantha Law takes a look at equivalency in strains, what it means, and how to find the cultures you are looking for… The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria includes thousands of strains isolated from all kinds of environments around the world – it is a much more diverse collection …

NCIMB strains used to explore antibacterial properties of natural products

Dr Carol Phillips and Dr Samantha Law from NCIMB were delighted to have the opportunity to  work with researchers from Aberdeen University and the Arctic University of Norway, to explore antibacterial properties of natural products in a project that used microbial strains held in the NCIMB culture collection. A research article describing the work – titled “Discovery and biosynthetic investigation of a new antibacterial dehydrated non‐ribosomal tripeptide” – is now available online here The article reports discovery of a new antimicrobial peptide, albopeptide, that displays narrow-spectrum activity against vancomycin resistant …