EURO-MIC conference

NCIMB’s consultant microbiologist Dr Carol Devine reports on the COST – European Network for MIC Management (EURO-MIC) conference on Microbially Influenced Corrosion Last week I headed to Berlin to attend a COST- European Network for MIC Management (EURO-MIC) conference on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). MIC describes the negative effects of microorganisms on materials – a phenomenon of increasing concern to the European community. During the conference, held at BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und – prüfung/ the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing), I enjoyed some outstanding presentations from the …

Novel Pseudomonas species added to NCIMB catalogue

A novel species of Pseudomonas has recently been added to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria by scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife. The strain, NCIMB 15426 Pseudomonas uvaldensis sp. nov., which is now available to order from NCIMB, was isolated from an onion bulb and is noted to cause onion bulb rot.  For more information see the strain entry in our catalogue and a paper describing the strain which was published earlier this year. Khanal M, Timilsina S, Bhatta BP, Bophela K, Coutinho T, Cochran K, Malla …

NCIMB appoints Dr Edward Green as CEO

Dr Edward Green has joined NCIMB as Chief Executive Officer. He takes over from Dr Carol Phillips who is retiring after 12 years in the post. Based in Aberdeen, NCIMB Ltd is a well-established provider of analytical services, microbial cultures, and biological material storage, to a growing global client base across multiple sectors including life sciences. The company provides essential underpinning services, such as microbial identification and monitoring, to companies, including many household names, from the food, drink, supplements, energy and pharmaceutical sectors. Dr Green joins NCIMB from CHAIN Biotechnology, …

NCIMB joins the UK BioIndustry Association

NCIMB is now a member of the UK BioIndustry Association, and we will be exhibiting at the 19th Annual bioProcessUK conference, which will be held in Edinburgh in November. We’re looking forward to meeting other members and getting more involved with BIA throughout the year!

Download the A-Z of NCIMB to learn more about the diversity in our collection

The name of our culture collection – the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria -comes from three collections that were merged to form it. Since then the collection has continued to grow and develop, and today, our name reflects our history rather than the content of the collection today. However, people are often still surprised at the diversity of strains held at NCIMB, and might not think to search our catalogue for eg freshwater or soil strains. We love reading about all the amazing places that the strains …

ARISTO project update

The first newsletter of the ARISTO project is out now. The European Commission funded project aims to revolutionise how the toxicity of pesticides to soil microorganisms is assessed. Nine research fellows are being trained in a multinational and multidisciplinary environment by seven academic and nine industrial partners, of which NCIMB Ltd is one. In this first newsletter, ARISTO project coordinator Prof Dimitrios Karpouzas, explains the importance of improving the assessment of pesticide toxicity in relation to soil microorganisms. Soil microorganisms are the growth engines of the terrestrial ecosystems, and essential …