08 Oct 2018
The National Collection of Industrial, Food and Marine Bacteria (NCIMB) is a culture collection in the United Kingdom consisting of microorganisms from environmental samples (particularly marine bacteria) as well as bacteria involved in the production or spoilage of food and drink, and bacteria with important industrial properties. It is a large reference collection and has over 10,000 deposits. Deposits to the collection can be made for research purposes (for example to name a new species), or for inclusion into patent submissions.
Prior to 1982 the collection was one of a number of publicly funded National Collections. The NCIMB collection is now administered by NCIMB Ltd. a private company that maintains public access to the stocks. It is the only privately owned, public collection of bacteria in the UK. NCIMB Ltd. also provides microbiological, chemical, analytical and biomaterial storage services.