NCIMB Supports Carbon Recycling Network Annual Conference

We’re delighted to be sponsoring drinks at the The Carbon Recycling Network annual conference in March 2024. The goal of this BBSRC-NIBB is to create a vibrant community of UK researchers who will unravel the biological, chemical and process engineering aspects of carbon recycling that that support the re-use and exploitation of greenhouse gases CO, CO2 and CH4. The conference will take place over three days and bring together academic and industrial partners to identify and address key challenges in this area of carbon recycling. Two of the greatest challenges facing …

Recent paper demonstrates use of NCIMB’s LumiMARA bioassay in assessing environmental toxicity of drugs and their breakdown products.

NCIMB’s multispecies microbial bioassay LumiMARA was recently used as part of a comprehensive ecotoxicity study that assessed the exposure of living organisms to the widely used antibiotic cephalosporin and its photoproducts. The results of study, undertaken by a group of Polish scientists, was published in the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry (Zandarek et al, 2023) Endocrine and pharmaceutically active compounds have been found in municipal wastewaters and surface waters receiving treated wastewater. This has concerning potential implications with respect to ecotoxicity and antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, it is not …

Christmas and new year opening hours

As the year draws to a close, we are looking forward to a winter break! It has been a busy 12 months for everyone at NCIMB, and its hard to believe it is already a year since we moved in to our new purpose-built facility. We would like to thank all our customers for working with us in 2023 and wish you a happy and healthy year ahead. We will close for the festive season on Friday 22 December 2023 and re-open on 3 January 2024. If you have any …

The role of whole genome sequencing in reducing the risk of AMR spread

As we reach the end of World AMR Awareness Week, Microbiome Services Manager Julie MacKinnon reflects on the role of whole genome sequencing in assessing strains intentionally used in the food chain to ensure they do not add to the pool of antimicrobial resistance genes in the gut. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top global public health threats, with bacterial AMR estimated to have been directly responsible for 1.27 million global deaths in 2019. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites no longer respond to …

NCIMB attends World Intellectual Property Organization Meeting

NCIMB Senior Scientist Sammi McIntosh headed to the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva last week, to represent NCIMB at the Meeting of Member States and International Depository Authorities (IDAs) under the Budapest Treaty. In this blog post she reflects on the event. The patenting system was developed to stimulate innovation, offering protection in exchange for disclosure. This allows other inventors to understand the latest advances and build on them to develop new inventions. For most inventions, disclosure involves publication of a written description and drawings. But for inventions that …

Dr Edward Green to highlight potential for biotech application of NCIMB microbial strains at Scottish Fermentation Network Meeting.

NCIMB’s CEO Dr Edward Green is presenting at the 12th Scottish Fermentation Network meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday 8 November 2023. The theme of this one-day conference, which has been jointly organised by IBioIC and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), is “Sustainable Biobased Chemicals Production – Towards a Low Carbon Future”, and Edward will be highlighting how NCIMB can support that vision through the strains within our culture collection and the supporting services we provide to industry. NCIMB’s culture collection, the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria …