The Spanish Algae Bank (BEA) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is a national R + D + i service managed by the Canarian Science and Technology Park Foundation of the ULPGC. Its basic objectives are the isolation, identification, characterization, conservation and supply of microalgae and cyanobacteria, as well as facilitating the development of a new bioindustrial sector based on the cultivation and applications of microalgae and cyanobacteria.
It is located on the Muelle de Taliarte on the coast of Telde, Gran Canaria.
The BEA has been a member since 2001 of the European Crop Collection Organization (ECCO).
He has been a member since 2003 of the World Federation of Cultivation Collections (WFCC).
It is included in the World Microorganism Data Center (WFCC-MIRCEN) with the registration number 837.
He is a partner of ASEBIO, Spanish Association of Biocompanies.
He is a member of the Micorbial Resource Infraestucture (MIRRI).
It is accredited to the Government of Spain as an international authority for the deposit of microorganisms, in accordance with the provisions of the Budapest Treaty, by Resolution No. 239 of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) dated October 28, 2005 This accreditation confers to the BEA the function of depositing algae for the purpose of recognition of intellectual property before the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.
In BEA, microalgae strains from tropical and subtropical regions are conserved, particularly from the Macaronesian region.
The Spanish Algae Bank has four main lines of research:
- applied algology
- biodiversity and conservation
The human team that works in the BEA is made up of 6 doctors, 3 graduates and 6 graduates. Currently participates 5 research projects (2018 -2020)
SABANA (HORIZON 2020) European project that seeks, through the implementation of a microalgae biorefinery, the production of biostimulants, biopesticides and feed additives, in addition to biofertilizers and aquatic feed, using seawater and water nutrients residuals
GHANA (HORIZON 2020) European project that aims to explore and characterize the species of the Haslea genus, a new marine biological resource, for blue technology applications in aquaculture, cosmetics and possibly in the food and health industry.
SPITERM (Project RETOS - MINECO) national project that proposes to take advantage of the characteristics of the geothermal waters of low enthalpy of the galleries of the island of Tenerife to reduce the costs of commercial production of the microalga Spirulina (commercial name given to some species of the Arthrospira genus) whose demand in the market is increasing.
REBECA (INTERREG-MAC Project 2014 - 2020) will create a development and territorial cooperation platform created to promote Blue Biotechnology within the geographical scope of the Macaronesian region and North-West Africa.
MIMAR (INTERREG-MAC Project 2014 - 2020) whose general objective is to improve the existing knowledge about the species with potential affectation to the habitats of the NATURA 2000 Network, identifying the mechanisms that originate their proliferations and the introduction vectors that they use, offering mechanisms for its prevention, control and monitoring.