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 have thousands of strains in our care and our collection is still providing a vital resource for the scientists of the future, as well as supplying the cultures that are needed today. You can read the original article at https://rdcu.be/b5kiD