Meet us at RMF 2023!

Our consultant Microbiologist Dr Carol Devine will be attending the Reservoir Microbiology Forum (RMF) in London on 15 November. The event is run by the Energy Institute (EI) with the support of a small working group within the EI’s Microbiology Committee, of which Carol has been a member for a number of years. Excellent and welcoming event RMF is an excellent and very welcoming multi-disciplinary platform that brings together oil producers, scientists, technologists, engineers, academics and researchers from around the world to present, share, and discuss the widespread and versatile …

Visit our stand at the Pharmig Annual Conference!

NCIMB will be exhibiting at the Pharmig Conference, at the Delta Hotel Nottingham Belfry on 28th & 29th November. This annual event is focused on hot topics in pharmaceutical microbiology, with presentations from leading industry experts. It is always informative and enjoyable and provides a great opportunity for us to catch up with some of our pharma sector customers and introduce ourselves to new faces! NCIMB’s identification services manager will be on the stand to to answer any questions about how the microbial identification services, and quality control products we …

We know our onions at NCIMB!

The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria is constantly growing due to new additions from the research community. Strains in the collection have been isolated from diverse environments and have all kinds of uses, from research to improve understanding of plant pathology to biotechnology and green chemistry applications – and much more! Recent additions to the collection include NCIMB 15427 Curtobacterium allii, an actinobacterial pathogen causing onion bulb rot. The strain was isolated from an onion bulb and deposited at NCIMB by Texas A&M University AgriLife researchers. A …

A sustainable future with microbes at its core

Celebrating International Microorganism Day Blog post by Connor Trotter, EASTBIO DTP PIPS intern I’ve just started a 3-month placement at NCIMB Ltd – home to the UK’s National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. With such an amazing microbial resource at my fingertips, to celebrate International Microorganism Day, I decided to delve into the culture collection, pick out a few interesting strains, and highlight some of the important applications that microorganisms have. Microorganisms are Earth’s smallest, and most ancient lifeforms. Found across all major domains of the modern Tree …

Identification Methods for Bacteria and Fungi

Vikki Warren, Identification Services Manager The revised Annex 1 came into force on 25 August 2023. These guidelines apply to sterile medicinal product manufacture, and aim to ensure that microbial, particulate and endotoxin/pyrogen contamination is prevented in the final product. This is obviously an essential goal when it comes to sterile medicinal products, so the application of the guidelines to create an effective contamination control strategy is of paramount importance. With respect to the identification of microorganisms as part of the environmental monitoring programme, Annex 1 states that microorganisms detected in …

Harnessing NCIMB’s microbial collection – applications for personal care

Dr Jude Huggan, Business Development Manager, NCIMB As society transitions away from fossil fuels, it’s not only our energy sources that need to be replaced with sustainable alternatives – we also need to find alternatives to a host of fossil-fuel derived ingredients found in products that most people use every day. The personal care sector has an advantage over some other chemical-using industries in this transition. Positive perception and reputation are essential to the commercial success of personal care products, and consumers are increasingly demanding products that align with their …