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, …

New vacancy! Temporary Laboratory Technician

We are recruiting for a temporary laboratory technician. The post is for six months and previous laboratory experience is essential. Applicants should hold a minimum of an HNC in a related discipline. Duties include: The analysis of samples Supporting day to day housekeeping and maintenance of the laboratory Maintaining good customer relationships Contribution to a safe working environment by complying with laboratory codes of practice Meeting the requirements of GMP, ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 Full details about this vacancy and how to apply can be found at https://g.co/kgs/rpaGpT The …

UK guidance for a risk-based approach to the management of produced water recommends Mara and LumiMara for marine toxicity testing

Newly updated guidance for the UK’s risk-based approach (RBA) to the management of produced water discharges from offshore installations has been published. The updated guidance document, which recommends the use of NCIMB’s MARA and LumiMARA tests for marine toxicity testing, in preference to the more conventional Microtox bacteria test, was published by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in December. The UK is implementing a risk-based approach to the management of produced water discharges from offshore oil and gas installations in accordance with the OSPAR Convention. OSPAR …

ARISTO PhD Scholarship

NCIMB is delighted to be part of ARISTO: The European Industry – Academia Network for Revising and Advancing the Assessment of the Soil Microbial Toxicity of Pesticides. ARISTO is an International Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement. The European Commission has imposed a stringent pesticide regulatory scheme for pesticides authorisation, where risk assessment for aquatic organisms and terrestrial macro-organisms is well defined. In contrast, the assessment of the toxicity of pesticides on soil microorganisms is lagging behind. …

Last shipping dates for cultures 2020

Our last shipping dates before Christmas are 21st December for delivery to the UK, and 18th December for delivery to Europe and the rest of the world. We will continue to dispatch any orders we receive up until the 23rd of December, but after our “last shipping dates” delivery is more likely to be delayed for a few days over the holiday period. Don’t worry though – most of our strains are available freeze dried and are therefore stable at room temperature.

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 …