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 Enterococcus faecium.
NCIMB’s culture collection curator Dr Law said: “Culture collections like the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria provide a genetic resource for researchers around the world – preserving strains discovered by generations of microbiologists for the scientists of the future. This project is a great example of how the strains in our collection can be used, and the value of culture collections everywhere to the research community.”
NCIMB Ltd provides a range of microbiology, storage and analytical services as well as managing the National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria – a reference collection of ACDP hazard group 1 and 2 microorganisms that includes many environmentally important and industrially useful bacteria, plasmids and bacteriophages. The collection is continuously expanding due to new accessions from the international research community.
For more information about the strains in our collection search our online catalogue or contact firstname.lastname@example.org