Recent paper demonstrates use of NCIMB’s LumiMARA bioassay in assessing environmental toxicity of drugs and their breakdown products.

NCIMB’s multispecies microbial bioassay LumiMARA was recently used as part of a comprehensive ecotoxicity study that assessed the exposure of living organisms to the widely used antibiotic cephalosporin and its photoproducts. The results of study, undertaken by a group of Polish scientists, was published in the Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology, A: Chemistry (Zandarek et al, 2023) Endocrine and pharmaceutically active compounds have been found in municipal wastewaters and surface waters receiving treated wastewater. This has concerning potential implications with respect to ecotoxicity and antimicrobial resistance. Moreover, it is not …

NCIMB shares ecotox test development experience with next generation of soil ecotoxicologists

Our consultant Microbiologist Dr Carol Devine has been visiting the University of Lyon this week for the second training event of the ARISTO project – the European Industry-Academia network with a focus on assessing the microbial toxicity of pesticides. The network aims to develop tools and methods to enable robust testing of toxicity. In the past, risk assessment for pesticides has focused on aquatic organisms and terrestrial macro-organisms, while assessment of pesticide toxicity in relation to soil microorganisms has lagged behind. Microbial life is crucial for soil health, and the wider ecosystem, …

UK guidance for a risk-based approach to the management of produced water recommends Mara and LumiMara for marine toxicity testing

Newly updated guidance for the UK’s risk-based approach (RBA) to the management of produced water discharges from offshore installations has been published. The updated guidance document, which recommends the use of NCIMB’s MARA and LumiMARA tests for marine toxicity testing, in preference to the more conventional Microtox bacteria test, was published by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in December. The UK is implementing a risk-based approach to the management of produced water discharges from offshore oil and gas installations in accordance with the OSPAR Convention. OSPAR …