NCIMB and GitLife win innovate UK funding to support development of new therapeutic solutions

Aberdeen-based biotechnology company NCIMB is teaming up with innovative Newcastle University Spinout GitLife Biotech in a 12-month project that will investigate the therapeutic potential of gut microbes. The project aims to develop a new class of therapeutics based on living bacteria to prevent or treat disease.  The work has been funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) The project will use engineering biology to enhance the therapeutic potential of microbial strains from NCIMB’s culture collection. Explaining more about the work, NCIMB’s CEO Dr Edward Green said: …

ARISTO project summer school

Six funded places available to PhD students interested in microbial ecology, environmental risk assessment and pollutants biodegradation The EU funded ARISTO project is organising a summer school that aims to provide insights into the complex interactions driving the response of environmental microbial communities to different stressors. Topics covered will include biodegradation of pollutants and the life cycle and responses of N cycling microbial groups and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as key functional microbial groups in soil ecosystems. Novel risk assessment approaches for pesticides and terrestrial ecosystems will be presented, including soil …

Celebrating World Microbiome Day 2023: Microbes and Food

Julie MacKinnon, Microbiome Services Manager We always like to mark world microbiome day here at NCIMB, and this year the theme is “Microbes and Food”. It’s an important topic and one that NCIMB has been involved in for decades, through the culture collection that we maintain, the services we provide and the research and development products that have been involved in. Microbes and food are interwoven in so many ways its difficult to know where to start – from the soil in which crops are grown, to fermented foods, the …

The 8th Beneficial Microbes Conference: Jude Huggan reflects on some highlights of the virtual event

I was really looking forward to attending the 8th Beneficial Microbes conference, an event which focuses on identifying gaps, needs and opportunities for applications of pre-, pro- and postbiotics in human and animal health, and I was not disappointed! The conference had a fantastic programme, with speakers from both industry and academia showcasing the latest research on pre- and probiotics and the gut microbiome, the microbiota-gut-brain axis and the microbiome beyond the gut. There were sessions focussing on the placenta, milk and skin microbiomes as well a session on the …

NCIMB culture collection deposits & services reflect growing microbiome research activity

NCIMB’s NGS services manager Dr Daniel Swan examines how developments in microbiome and probiotics research have been reflected in activity at NCIMB, from additions to their culture collection to provision of whole genome sequencing and metagenomics services. NCIMB Ltd is custodian of the UK’s National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria. That might sound like an eclectic mix, but over the past 70 years the content of the collection has become increasingly diverse, and it now includes bacteria for a huge range of ecological niches. The collection has always …

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 …