ALGATECH – The Centre of Algal Biotechnology evolved from the Laboratory of Algal Research, founded in 1960 in Třeboň. Throughout its history, the Třeboň’s site of the Institute of Microbiology of the CAS has focused on microscopic algae and their use in food and feed industries and in human and veterinary medicine.
At present, the ALGATECH Centre is an internationally recognised centre for basic and applied research of microalgae, cyanobacteria and photosynthetic bacteria, including the development of algal biotechnology. It is the largest centre of microalgae research in the Czech Republic.The ALGATECH Centre is housed in the historic building of Opatovický Mill from the 18th century, which has been recently renovated. The Centre also operates unique thin - layer cultivation units for autotrophic cultivation and a biotechnological hall for heterotrophic cultivation of microalgae, including the equipment for processing algal biomass. The Centre's activities also include the development of new instruments and methodologies. The Centre collaborates with laboratories the world over, and hosts students and researches from abroad. The Centre is known for its excellent research in photosynthesis and algal cell cycles.
Other activities of the Centre include the organisation of scientific meetings, conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops, both at national and international levels, and scientifically oriented lectures intended to present science to the public. We are committed to collaborative applied research, especially in the area of algal biotechnology. We provide facilities and analysis for research. The aim of the ALGATECH Centre is to further serve as centre of excellence in basic and applied research of phototrophic microorganisms. Our strength is in highly skilled personnel, accumulated know-how and modern facilities.
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