Centre Algatech

Institute of Michrobiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic


Registration number

For years

Project name

Total subsidy (in thousands CZK)

Description of the project



Algal Biotechnology for Food - preparation of proteins and carotenes by
heterotrophic cultivation of chlorophyl-deficient clones of microalgae

Ing. Jiří Kopecký, CSc.
Laboratory of Algal Biotechnnology

6 020  The main objective of broadly interdisciplinary project is to develop new biotechnological process of heterotrophic cultivation of unique chlorophylldeficient
clones of microalgae and consequently by Biorefining processes prepare from algal biomass wide range of products - proteins, polysaccharides, carotenoids and other bioactive substances with high added value, usable especially in the food, animal feed, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. This procedure is unique due to the use of special clones of microalgae, breeded by mutagenesis and phenotypic selection for lack chlorophyll and ability of heterotrophic growth on inexpensive organic substrates.



Development and application of counter current separation techniques for the isolation of astaxanthin esters from microalgal biomass

Mgr. Tereza Fábryová

Laboratory of Algal Biotechnnology

2 007 990

Astaxanthin (AXT) is the most powerful natural antioxidant. While currently the commercial market for AXT is predominantly via the synthetic route, there is a rapidly growing demand for nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutic products derived from natural sources, mainly microalgae. In view of this fact the general purpose of the project is to create an effective platform for the research, testing, production and commercialization of isolated astaxanthin esters (AXTe) with a particular focus on AXTe containing long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). This project aims at developing and commercializing counter current separation techniques (CCC and CPC) for the production of these compounds from microalga Haematococcus pluvialis on a larger scale. Another task of the project is to test and verify these techniques under operating conditions to start the production of pure AXTe during the duration of the project. The emerging newly developed separation methodologies and know-how  will be protected by patent. In the course of the project, special attention will be paid to the training of young researchers in the area of applied research and improve their experience in cooperation with the commercial sphere.




2013 - 2016



Innovative functional food and feed additives and with content of Omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids produced by Trachydiscus minutus microalgae.

Ing. Jiří Kopecký, CSc.
Laboratory of Algal Biotechnnology

2 000


The project is focused on the formulation, testing, and developing of new types of poultry feed additives and the subsequent preparation and clinical trials of innovative functional food – chicken meat and eggs, enriched with poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and antioxidants. As the source of bioactives, biotechnologically produced eustigmatophyte microalgae with nutritionally balanced composition of PUFA’s and other compounds with antioxidant effects will be used.