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.
How do the mysterious Swan Lake bacteria capture solar energy?
An international team led by Czech microbiologists managed to describe a unique apparatus by which special bacteria from a lake in the Gobi Desert capture sunlight.
Qian P, Gardiner AT, Šímová I, Naydenova K, Croll TI, Jackson PJ, Nupur, Kloz M, Čubáková P, Kuzma M, Zeng Y, Castro-Hartmann P, van Knippenberg B, Goldie KN, Kaftan D, Hrouzek P, Hájek J, Agirre J, Siebert CA, Bína D, Sader K, Stahlberg H, Sobotka R, Russo CJ, Polívka T, Hunter CN, Koblížek M (2022) 2.4- Å structure of the double-ring Gemmatimonas phototrophica photosystem. Science Advances 8(7):eabk3139►
Long awaited review published
For decades, microbiologists have been studying Crocosphaera watsonii, a type of algae abundant in tropical and subtropical ocean waters. During the day, they convert carbon dioxide into sugar, and at night convert nitrogen into protein. Using these abundant gases allows them to fertilize the ocean, contributing to its carbon and nitrogen budgets. In a new paper, Takako Masuda, Jan Mares and Ondrej Prasil from Centre Algatech of the Institute of Microbiology CAS with colleague from University of Rhode island provide a long-awaited review and appreciation of this important single-cell organism. Reed more►
Production of bioplastics by cyanobacteria
PlastoCyan - the production of bioplastics by cyanobacteria using wastewater is an interesting topic even beyond the borders of the Austria-Czech Republic Interreg program. Bioplastics Magazine, the only global trade journal focussing on (biodegradable) plastics made from renewable resources, published a pop-science article about the project. Read more►
Sigma Project Award
We are delighted to announce that our successful PhD student and future new postdoc of the algal bio-refinery group, Miss Daniela Bárcenas Pérez, has been awarded a Sigma project by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. The objective of the project "Advanced manufacturing based on countercurrent separation to refine microalgae biomass into marketable bioactive pigments" (PigmenTech) is to develop a new manufacturing process based on countercurrent separation (CCC) for the commercial production of lutein, cantaxanthin and astaxanthin diesters from microalgae. R&D activities start at laboratory scale (TRL3) and will be transferred to a real industrial environment, leading to an efficient commercial manufacturing process for the production of biopigments with direct commercial applications. Photo credit: Richard Lhotský, MBÚ
ALGATECH Centre - Inst. Microbiol. Czech Acad. Sci. (IMIC) has successfully completed the commercialization process of its unique microalgae strain Parachlorella! Read more►
Final meeting of INTERREG AT CZ project ALGAE4FISH. It was great to see all Czech and Austrian partners in person again. Thanks to Southbohemian University (CZ), BEST GmbH (AT), BAW (AT) and Institute of Microbiology (CZ) for research - how microalgae and rotifers can improve survival rate and health of pikeperch larvae in first weeks of their life. They are able to convert alpha-linolenic fatty acid (FA) from our Chlorella strain into DHA (FA) important for proper tissue development and prevent malformations. Survival rate increased and makes more profit for fish farmers. Utilisation of waste nutrients from waste water or digestate (waste from biogas plant) is ecoinovative bonus! Technology is now available even for marine fish larvae.