Download the A-Z of NCIMB for International Microorganism Day 2020

The 17th of September is International Microorganism Day – created to raise awareness of the role that microorganisms have in our lives. Microorganisms represent a huge genetic diversity that has the potential to change the way we live for the better – from biofuel production and green chemistry, to new medicines and tasty food and drinks, microorganisms have so much to offer. Though they are not always the first thing that people think of when discussing biodiversity, microbial diversity is absolutely vital for our future and microorganisms could provide the …

Celebrating 70 years

Seventy years ago today, on the 1st of July 1950, the creation of a National Collection of Industrial Bacteria was announced in Nature. The collection took over the non-pathogenic cultures held by the National Collection of Type Cultures, and was reported to house some 350 types. The number was expected to increase considerably as the collection became more representative of the needs of industry. This collection went on to merge with the National Collections of Marine, and then Food Bacteria to create the collection that NCIMB curates today. We now …