Desulfovibrio desulfuricans – friend or foe?

by Connor Trottor, PIPS Intern The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria includes thousands of industrial strains – but what exactly is an “industrial” strain? The collection includes strains with biotechnological potential, as well strains studied because of the problems they can cause industry. Some strains fall into both categories. Desulfovibrio desulfuricans, may be better known for its role in oilfield souring, microbiologically influenced corrosion and as a producer of toxic gas, but in this blog, PIPS intern Connor Trotter considers some of the positive applications it could …

NCIMB material transfer agreement update

NCIMB Ltd is updating the material transfer agreement used when purchasing strains from the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. The change will take effect from 1 Feb 2024. We are also updating the processes in place to ensure our customers are aware of the change. From 1 February customers will need to sign and return a copy of a one page agreement before orders are dispatched. A copy of the agreement can be downloaded here. NCIMB’s standard terms of supply for cultures are for non-commercial use such …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Madonna, Mass Consumption and Microbes

by Edward Green, CEO, NCIMB At NCIMB, we believe microbes can provide sustainable solutions to the big issues of our time. With NCIMB gearing up to attend and present at the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association event in May, ‘The power of microbes and the development of the circular bioeconomy’, I asked myself, are we on the brink of a fifth revolution, the ultimate BioRevolution, and how can NCIMB’s diverse microbial biorepository help towards reversing climate change and other societal challenges including disease outbreaks, food shortages, fuel poverty, loss of …