Feeling blue about our new accesions

Recent additions to the National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria include NCIMB 15079 Bacillus fermenti; NCIMB 15080 Bacillus indicireducens. Both of the strains, which were deposited by Isao Yumoto from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, were isolated from indigo fermentation liquor.  NCIMB 15079 Bacillus fermenti can reduce indigo. Traditionally, indigo dye is extracted from plants by a natural fermentation process, but during the 20th century, a synthetic indigo manufacturing process grew in popularity, and today a large proportion of commercially used indigo dye is produced synthetically.  However, …

Microbes of the month

Snodgrassella alvi and Gilliamella apicola were both added to the culture collection on 21st March 2012.   These two species of bacteria were found in the gut of the honey bee and deposited by Waldan Kwong, who was at that time a PhD Student in Prof. Nancy Moran’s lab at Yale University. There is much concern about the decline in bee populations, and studying these bacteria might help scientists to learn more about bee health and ecology. Just like humans, bees have a natural community of bacteria in their intestines. Some …

NCIMB extends patent deposit service

NCIMB has extended its patent deposit service to include filamentous fungi, in addition to bacteria, bacteriophages, plasmids, yeasts, plant seeds and plant cell tissue cultures. Patents offer assignees exclusive rights to their inventions in exchange for detailed disclosure of the invention. In the case of inventions that are, or require the use of biological material, this involves the deposit of the biological material in a recognised institution. NCIMB is a recognised institution for patenting purposes and holds the status of International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty. This means …

NCIMB welcomes microbiologists from across Europe to ECCO conference

NCIMB has extended its patent deposit service to include filamentous fungi, in addition to bacteria, bacteriophages, plasmids, yeasts, plant seeds and plant cell tissue cultures.  Patents offer assignees exclusive rights to their inventions in exchange for detailed disclosure of the invention. In the case of inventions that are, or require the use of biological material, this involves the deposit of the biological material in a recognised institution. NCIMB is a recognised institution for patenting purposes and holds the status of International Depositary Authority (IDA) under the Budapest Treaty. This means …

Investigating the potential of bacteriophages to control microbially influenced corrosion

The growth of microbes within bioflms contributes to serious issues in oilfield systems, including reservoir souring and corrosion. Current methods of biofilm control within the oil and gas industry include physical removal and treatment with chemical biocides. Although these methods can be effective, incomplete biofilm removal, or poor diffusion of chemical into the biofilm can allow regrowth to occur once treatment has stopped. Consequently a new, more effective approach to controlling biofilms could make a significant contribution to reducing damage caused by microbially influenced corrosion. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect …

NCIMB and RGU kick-off new Streptomyces screening project

NCIMB has joined forces with scientists at Robert Gordon University (RGU) to screen Streptomyces species for the production of novel natural products that have potential for use in pharmaceuticals such as antimicrobials, anti-tumour or anti-inflammatory medication, as well as compounds relevant to other industry sectors.   Bacteria are used to manufacture a wide range of important products, including antibiotics and other medicines. NCIMB’s culture collection – The National Collection of Industrial Food and Marine Bacteria – includes more than 10,000 different microbes and has great potential as a source of valuable new …