Strain with plant-pathogen control potential now available from NCIMB

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria include a strain with potential as a biocontrol agent. NCIMB 15235 Serratia inhibens was isolated from a potato rhizosphere and deposited in the NCIMB collection by scientists from the University of Copenhagen.  A draft genome sequence has been published in Microbiology Resource Announcements. The authors state that the application of rhizosphere biocontrol bacteria to control plant-pathogenic fungi is an alternative approach to the use of chemical agents, and that the genomic data provide insight into the genetics underpinning …

Planning for Business Growth?

By Dr Carol Phillips IBioIC is a valuable support network for industrial biotechnology and I am looking forward to chairing the session on planning for business growth at this week’s annual conference. Biotech companies often start small and grow quickly. But the growth that investors are looking for, and that CEOs and their teams are working so hard to achieve, can present many challenges. How do you market your products in the right way to the right people? How do you scale up your processes and ensure that your workforce has …

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 …