Research activities of the UKNCC members.
Refer to the CABI Bioscience web-site for details
Culture collections have and will continue to be, centres of research
in areas of taxonomy and preservation of the specialist groups of organisms
within their remit and/or expertise.
With the advent of new molecular biological technologies and the need
for applied research to address current topical industrial and environmental
problems; culture collections or the organisations or Institutions with
which they are closely affiliated, are now exploring new areas of research
and development as an interface with industry and academia.
NCIMB Ltd has significant track record in such research.
Research profile areas of past experience (PAST), current research (CURRENT)
or new topic areas where we may wish to seek collaborative partners (COLLAB).
- Taxonomy methylotrophs, coryneforms (PAST)
- Bacterial preservation (PAST & CURRENT)
- New/novel bacterial delivery and transportation systems (CURRENT &
- Biocontrol (CURRENT)
- Xenobiotic degradation (CURRENT)
- Biodeterioration (COLLAB)
- Molecular diagnostic kits (CURRENT)
- DNA fingerprinting for microbial ID (CURRENT)
- DNA chip technology (COLLAB)
CCAP (Windermere) has 4 major strands of research:
Further information on research interests and capabilities can be obtained
directly from the CCAP.
- Cryopreservation research including: investigation of fundamental
mechanisms of freeze-induced injury and freeze recalcitrance; protocol
development and optimisation.
- Molecular biology research including: systematics of protists (both
algal and protozoan); molecular biotyping of cyanobacteria.
- Ecological research related to the holdings of the Collection and
the remit of the Institute of Freshwater Ecology.
- Contract research undertaken for customers. Projects undertaken include:
- The use of protozoa for the biological control of filamentous
- A comparative study of the effectiveness of UV systems for controlling
algal blooms in ornamental ponds.
- The potential use of ciliates in a bioassay for toxic cyanobacteria
Harmonised monitoring data for England and Wales - A statistical
- Algal growth and the influence of light quality
- The mechanism of action of cationic surfactants on microalgae
- The assessment of cell damage and recovery in cryopreserved freshwater