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Definition: The Spanish Algae Bank (BEA) bioprospects, isolates, identifies, characterizes, preserves, cultivates and supplies microalgae and cyanobacteria.

Microbial group/s: Microalgae and cyanobacteria

Total number of strains: 1707

Taxa (number of strains): Microalgae (966)

                                         Cyanobacteria (711)

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Preservation method: Active culture in broth or agar 1707 - MeOH -150°C= 89 (backups)

Information management: Database in File Maker program

  • Characterization level: 
  • Identification at the morphological and molecular level.
  • Biochemical composition.
  • Genome.
  • Production and biotechnological properties

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Key words:  biodiversity, microalgae, cyanobacteria, biotechnology, production and culture systems, selection, characterization, valuation, applied algology, culture collection

Summary: The BEA bioprospects, isolates, identifies, characterizes, preserves and supplies microalgae and cyanobacteria, in addition to offering services related to the production, characterization and evaluation of these resources. All this under the framework of sustainable exploitation of the biodiversity of microalgae and cyanobacteria based on the fair and equitable distribution of benefits (ABS) derived from genetic resources, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol and the provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Quality Certifications

ISO 9001:2015 (ongoing)

Brief historical review

In 1995 the collection was established in the ULPGC, acquiring the IDA status in 2005. In 2010 the BEA-GGReina was consolidated, which facilitates access to these genetic resources of the Macaronesian region, with biotechnological and industrial potential.