Recent additions to NCIMB include Halophiles from the world’s oldest salt mine

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria include three moderate halophiles. Moderate halophiles NCIMB 15224 Aquisalibacillus elongatus, NCIMB 15225 Salinicoccus sesuvii and NCIMB 15226 Halomonas aquamarina, were all isolated from saline soil of the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan and deposited at NCIMB by scientists from the Fatima Jinnah Women University. The Khewra salt mine, reported to be the oldest salt mine in the world, is known for production of pink Khewra salt. Salt mines are a popular destination for microbiologists with an interest in …

NCIMB sponsorship at IBioIC’s 6th annual conference

NCIMB is delighted to be one of the sponsors of the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre’s 6th annual conference. This year’s event will be held on the 5th and 6th of February, and our CEO Dr Carol Phillips will be chairing the session “Planning for Business Growth”. The IBioIC annual conference brings together academia, biobased professionals and supporting organisations under one roof, to learn more about and explore the potential opportunities for industrial biotechnology in Scotland, as well as the global landscape of the industry. The event is building a reputation …

Do I know you? NCIMB’s guide to the maintenance of microorganisms

When you start a new job, or employ a new member of staff, checks are carried out. Employers usually ask for references, and evidence of qualifications. New recruits may even be asked to show their passport of driving license. All these checks are carried out to ensure that new recruits are who they say they are and that they are qualified to do the job that they have been appointed to. So why should you be any less careful about the strains that you work with in the laboratory? After …

NCIMB strains in the press: aflatoxins in silage

The presence of aflatoxins in silage can present a serious health risk for both animals and humans. Scientists from the University of Torino, and the Institute of Sciences of Food production in Italy, used NCIMB 40788 Lactobacillus buchneri in a study that aimed to evaluate the origin of aflatoxins in corn silage. The fresh herbage was subjected to different lactic acid bacteria treatments prior to being ensiled for 250 days. The pre-ensiled material, the silages at silo opening, and samples of the silages after seven and 14 days of exposure …

NCIMB’s CEO Carol Phillips introduces students to the microbial superheros of NCIMB

Our CEO Carol Phillips was delighted to be invited to give the University of Aberdeen Annual Microbiology Lecture this year. This annual microbiology lectures aim to stimulate senior school students whose aspirations may lie in studying Medicine, Biomedical or Biological Sciences at University, and are organised by the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. Carol’s lecture, which was titled “Microbiology superheros – how microorganisms are saving the world” gave the students an introduction to the diversity of microorganisms held within the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria, …

Depositing seeds for patent applications – how many is enough?

Patents offer assignees exclusive rights to their inventions in exchange for detailed disclosure. A detailed description with drawings meets this requirement for many inventions, but in the case of inventions that are, or require the use of biological material, a detailed disclosure involves the deposit of this material in a recognised institution, from where samples can be requested. NCIMB is such a recognised institution and holds the status of International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty. We store patent deposits of bacteria, fungi, bacteriophages, plasmids, plant cell tissue culture …