Scale Up

Bigelow Laboratory opens new algae research center

September 24, 2013
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

The new research facility at Bigelow Laboratory houses the world's largest phytoplankton collection and, with more than 2,600 strains, provides cultures for scientists around the world.

The new research facility at Bigelow Laboratory houses the world’s largest phytoplankton collection and, with more than 2,600 strains, provides cultures for scientists around the world.

The world-renowned Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) – part of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences – has expanded into the new, high-tech Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology (NCBB) on the Laboratory’s Ocean Science and Education Campus in East Boothbay, Maine.

The first science wing to be completed on the new campus, the NCBB provides facilities for research that applies molecular biology and microbial ecology to the viruses, bacteria, archaea, and algae living in diverse environments throughout the world’s oceans – in order to understand their evolution, genetic and chemical make-up, and their culture and industrial application. NCBB scientists work with the vast reservoir of microbial organisms in the natural environment and those preserved in cultures.

The NCBB houses the Single Cell Genomics Center, the world’s first microbial single cell genomics facility; the Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota, containing one the world’s first combined collections of marine algae, bacteria, archaea, and viruses; the J. J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, a state-of-the-art flow cytometry laboratory; a bioreactor facility; and the Geomicrobiology Laboratory.

With 2,739 individual strains in 39 taxonomic classes that represent all the major photosynthetic groups, the NCMA maintains the largest and most diverse repository of living marine microalgae in the world. The NCMA is the leading global distributor of marine microalgae for scientific and industrial research, having sold its cultures to more than 3,000 customers in 57 countries over its 30-year history in the business.

“These are the same strains that started as an ad hoc collection over 40 years ago,” said Dr. Willie Wilson, Director of NCMA. “This was essentially a seed stock of highly nutritious algae for the aquaculture industry.”

Over the years, the NCMA has evolved to become a one-stop service facility for researchers and industries working with marine and freshwater algae, bacteria, archaea, and viruses. Services range from private collections and patent deposits to consulting and professional education courses, and includes NCMA’s large collection of high lipid algae strains specifically isolated for use in aquaculture and now used extensively in biofuels research, as well as a new, customer-oriented website.

Construction of the Norton Center for Blue Biotechnology was made possible by the Maine Technology Asset Fund and the people of Maine who voted to pass the Research and Development Bond in 2007, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Maine Technology Institute, and individual supporters.

More Like This…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2013 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
As of March 1, 2015, bbi-biotech GmbH, of Berlin, Germany, has begun integrating IGV Biotech GmbH’s photobioreactors into its own life science product portfolio. A former...
As one of the most water-poor countries in the world, Jordan’s current water resources are significantly below the global water scarcity line. Annual rainfall falls under...
The European (FP7) algae project Sustainable PoLymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons (SPLASH) has been developing a platform technology for the conversion of third ge...
K. S. Rajgopal writes in thehindu.com about a new study that demonstrates how macroalgal biomass from Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria dura collected from Adri and Verav...
None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics ...
Sebastian Rich reports on PBS Newshour about the Central African Republic city of Bangui, which has been caught in the crossfire between warring Muslim and Christian grou...
UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing indu...
Algae.Tec has announced a collaboration agreement for the commercialization of its algae production technology with Larimar Energy SRL, of the Dominican Republic. The ene...
Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism...
Tubular glass photobioreactor (PBR) systems protect algae from harmful environmental factors, keeping strains safer from bio-contamination. The glass tubing itself can be...
SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a rec...
Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distilla...
EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea. The model and report can be found here as outputs ...
Nurit Canetti writes in Israeli Pulse that Rwandan agronomists are on a one-year visit to Israel to study various aspects of Israeli agriculture firsthand. Primarily they...
You know algae are a great food source for you. But what are the best ways to eat it? Jami Foss writes in shape.com about 10 ways to eat algae that are common, healthy an...