I am a commercial microbiologist with more than 35 years’ experience in microbiological technologies such as anaerobic digestion, microalgae cultivation, and commercial composting.

In this website I will be discussing new developments in commercial microbiology as well as providing a background on the algae, bacteria and fungi involved.

This will be a very personal website that unashamedly pushes my view of where I think the industry is going.

About David Border Consultancy

David Border Consultancy has worked with many commercial companies and Government departments over the last 30-plus years on a variety of microbiology-based projects.
Projects and clients of David Border Consultancy
I have experience in many aspects of commercial microbiology including technology assessment, report writing, and project management and modelling.
Capabilities of David Border Consultancy
I have published articles, and given many presentations, on commercial microbiology. Here are some of them.
Publications of David Border

New developments - a blog on important news and opportunities in commerical and industrial microbiology

The amount of information published on commercial microbiology each day is overwhelming. In this section I write articles - some short, some long and detailed - about what I consider to be important developments in the industry.
Visit my blog to read about important new developments in commercial microbiology

Biology in Action - a blog on aspects of wider biology

My interests extend way beyond microbiology into other areas of biology. These blogs pick out some of the many fascinating aspects of organisms small and large.
Read new articles on broader aspects of biology

Microorganisms and their commercial uses

Microalgae, fungi and bacteria are used in many different industries to treat pollution, and to make food, feed, and hundreds of other valuable products. In this section we take a look at some of the most important applications.
Microorganisms and their commercial uses

Major current topics in commercial microbiology

This section looks in detail at some of the most important areas of commercial microbiology.

Microalgae are playing an increasingly important role in turning greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into valuable products and avoiding their release into the atmosphere.
Microalgae, carbon dioxide and global warming.

Methane, another greenhouse gas, can now be converted by bacteria into biodegradable plastics.
Bacteria, methane and biodegradable plastics


  • There are many books available in physical or digital format that cover every aspect of commercial, medical and general microbiology and the use of light and electron microscopy. This section covers the most important.
  • For those who have or want a hands-on relationship with microbiology there are many microscopes available that are suitable for all types of microscopy. This section covers a range from the general to the specialist.