Three Alicyclobacillus type strains isolated from fruit juices now available from NCIMB

Three type strains of the genus Alicyclobacillus have recently been added to the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. Strains of this genus are a cause of microbial spoilage in fruit juices, and all three of the newly added strains are acid and heat tolerant, gram positive, spore forming rods.  They were isolated from fruit juices by Cornell Agritech, and deposited at NCIMB by Cornell University. NCIMB 15264 Alicyclobacillus fructus was isolated from mixed fruit juice concentrate, NCIMB 15265 Alicyclobacillus sucus was isolated from apple juice and NCIMB 15266 Alicyclobacillus …

Last shipping dates for cultures 2020

Our last shipping dates before Christmas are 21st December for delivery to the UK, and 18th December for delivery to Europe and the rest of the world. We will continue to dispatch any orders we receive up until the 23rd of December, but after our “last shipping dates” delivery is more likely to be delayed for a few days over the holiday period. Don’t worry though – most of our strains are available freeze dried and are therefore stable at room temperature.

Bacteriocin producing strain added to the NCIMB culture collection

A Bacteriocin-producing strain isolated from human milk is now available from the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. NCIMB 15251 Lactobacillus gasseri was isolated from human milk and deposited at NCIMB by scientists from the Department of Gut Microbes and Health at the Quadram Institute.  The strain produces several bacteriocins including a novel bacteriocin, gassericin M. Bacteriocins are antimicrobial peptides produced by bacteria, which are of interest with respect to probiotics. NCIMB manages the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria – a reference collection of ACDP …

Searching the NCIMB catalogue for strains “equivalent” to those in other collections

There is some overlap between major culture collections, with most including a list of “equivalents” in their catalogues. Consequently, it is possible to search the NCIMB catalogue using strain numbers from other collections. NCIMB’s culture collection curator Dr Samantha Law takes a look at equivalency in strains, what it means, and how to find the cultures you are looking for… The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria includes thousands of strains isolated from all kinds of environments around the world – it is a much more diverse collection …

NCIMB strains used to explore antibacterial properties of natural products

Dr Carol Phillips and Dr Samantha Law from NCIMB were delighted to have the opportunity to  work with researchers from Aberdeen University and the Arctic University of Norway, to explore antibacterial properties of natural products in a project that used microbial strains held in the NCIMB culture collection. A research article describing the work – titled “Discovery and biosynthetic investigation of a new antibacterial dehydrated non‐ribosomal tripeptide” – is now available online here The article reports discovery of a new antimicrobial peptide, albopeptide, that displays narrow-spectrum activity against vancomycin resistant …

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 …