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Blue Biobank

The Blue Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology Culture Collection (LEGE-CC) is a collection of microorganisms at the Laboratory of Blue Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology (BBE), University of Porto (CIIMAR) that comprises more than 386 different cyanobacterial strains, several of them unique among the (phylogenetic) diversity of the group.

These isolates have been obtained since 1991, from samples collected in different environments and locations mainly in Portugal (including Madeira and Azores Islands), but also elsewhere (e.g. Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Morocco, Mexico). The collection is a recent member of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), and it is also part of the Research Infrastructure EMBRC.PT. As in other collections worldwide, LEGE-CC seeks to provide starter cultures for a diverse range of aims (R&D, science education & dissemination). Several studies have shown the potential or the effective capacity of different LEGE strains to produce a myriad of chemical compounds, including toxins or newly discovered bioactive molecules with potential biotechnological application. CIIMAR is organizing other culture collections of other type of bacteria such as planctomycetes and actinomycetes.

Principal Investigator
Team Leader

PhD in Biology at FCUP, Porto. Full Professor – Faculty of Sciences of Porto University and director of CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research, Chief Strategy Officer – Agriculture – Fykia Biotech. Director of the Team of Blue Biotechnology and Health (BBE) of CIIMAR.
Main research: cyanobacteria secondary metabolites: toxins and molecules with biotechnological applications. Director of the LEGE culture collection comprising more than 2000 strains of cyanobacteria and microalgae. Published 490 papers in Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology. Coordinator of two H2020 projects: RISE and ERA Chair.
Director of the Doctoral Program in Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture (U Porto and U Minho).

RESEARCH TEAMS:
Access to Ecosystems
Analytical Laboratories
Aquaculture and Animal Experimentation Facility
Biodiscovery and Omics
Ecotoxicology