NCIMB partners with companies, universities and research organisations to carry out research and development work at our laboratories in Aberdeen.
We are particularly interested in research into new applications for microorganisms or improved microbial processes, and projects have included work applicable to a diverse range of industry sectors.
Please contact us to find out more about collaborating with NCIMB in research and development projects.
NCIMB collaborated with leading probiotics manufacturer Probiotics International Ltd (Protexin) in a UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) funded research project that explored the potential of new microbial genera in the production of probiotic products.
To date, most of the species used in commercial probiotic products have come from just two genera of bacteria: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. This research project brought the NCIMB culture collection together with Protexin's extensive experience in probiotic product development, to explore the potential of new genera in the development of novel probiotic food supplements and functional food products.
NCIMB worked with the Organic Resource Agency (ORA) in a TSB funded feasibility study to investigate the potential of applying molecular monitoring techniques to the production of energy from wastes and other renewable sources, using anaerobic digestion.
Anaerobic digestion is a key element in energy generation from biodegradable waste materials and also provides a solution to many waste management issues. The process is dependent on the activity of bacterial populations, but monitoring has typically relied on indirect measures such as the products of microbial degradation.
Molecular approaches such as qPCR provide a more direct analysis of bacterial populations that could contribute to development of a new method for optimizing anaerobic digestion processes.
NCIMB developed a multi-bacterial assay for toxicity testing. The MARA and LumiMARA assays have since been recommended by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change as part of their preferred approach to implementing a risk based approach to the testing of produced water discharges from offshore oil and gas installations.
Implementation of a risk based approach requires examination of the exposure resulting from produced water discharge to be combined with determination of the sensitivity of the environment to the whole effluent.
The bioassays include an array of carefully selected microorganisms that provides a very simple and cost effective means of increasing the breadth and genetic diversity of toxicity testing.
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