Centre Algatech

Institute of Michrobiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

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 is known for its excellent research in photosynthesis and algal cell cycles. The Centre ALGATECH promotional brochure is available here►


Vu, DL, Saurav, K, Mylenko, M, Ranglová, K, Kuta, J, Ewe, D, Masojídek, J, Hrouzek, P: In vitro bioaccessibility of selenoamino acids from selenium (Se)-enriched Chlorella vulgaris biomass in comparison to selenized yeast; a Se-enriched food supplement; and Se-rich foods. Food Chemistry 279, 12-19, 2019.

Selenium (Se) is an indispensable microelement in our diet and health issues resulting from deficiencies are well documented. Se-containing food supplementsare available on the market including Se-enriched Chlorella vulgaris (Se-Chlorella)which accumulates Se in the form of Se-amino acids (Se-AAs). Despite its popular uses, data about the bioaccessibility of Se-AAs from Se-Chlorella are completely missing.  Read more►


Čížková, M, Mezricky, D, Rucki, M, Tóth, TM, Náhlík, V, Lanta, V, Bišová, K, Zachleder, V, Vítová, M: Bio-mining of Lanthanides from Red Mud by Green Microalgae. Molecules 24(7), 1356, 2019.

Red mud is a by-product of alumina production containing lanthanides. Growth of green microalgae on red mud and the intracellular accumulation of lanthanides was tested. The best growing species was Desmodesmus quadricauda (2.71 cell number doublings/day), which accumulated lanthanides to the highest level (27.3 mg/kg/day), if compared with Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Parachlorella kessleri (2.50, 2.37 cell number doublings and 24.5, 12.5 mg/kg per day, respectively). Read more►


Řeháková, K, Čapková, K, Hrouzek, P, Koblížek, M, Doležal, J: Microbial photosynthetic and photoprotective pigments in Himalayan soils originating from different elevations and successional stages. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 132, 153-164, 2019.

Soil microbes evolved complex metabolic strategies including photoprotective and photosynthetic pigments to survive the environmental stress including high UV irradiance, oscillating temperature and drought. Despite pigment importance for survival of soil microbes in alpine ecosystems, there have been few efforts documenting the soil pigment content, diversity and the dependence on microbial soil community, soil physico-chemical properties and constraining climatic factors. Read more►



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Institute of Microbiology, Czech Academy of Sciences

Novohradska 237 – Opatovicky mlyn
CZ 379 01 Trebon, Czech Republic


Phone: +420 384 340 412
E-mail: info@alga.cz

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