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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

From Bicycles to Biotech: IBioIC’s 9th Annual Conference

IBioIC’s Annual Conference, now in its 9th year, has become a key date in the industrial biotechnology calendar. NCIMB’s CEO Dr Edward Green reflects on this year’s event, and the unique potential that NCIMB has in supporting the sector. I attended the IBioIC annual conference this week, my first as CEO of NCIMB Ltd. Nearly 400 delegates participated in lively discussion relating to “Resilience and the Bioeconomy”, and the opening plenary focussed on how industrial biotechnology can make a real difference to societal grand challenges including climate change and net …