Blue Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology Culture Collection (LEGE-CC) at CIIMAR

About Lege

Blue Biotechnology and Ecotoxicology Culture Collection (LEGE-CC) is a biological resource centre located at Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), that comprises more than 1000 different cyanobacterial and microalgae strains. Isolates have been obtained since 1991, from samples collected in different environments and locations. LEGE-CC strains were mainly isolated from Portuguese ecosystems (including Madeira and Azores Islands) but also from other countries worldwide (e.g. Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Morocco, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cape Verde).

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LEGE-CC is member of World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC), European Culture Collections' Organisation (ECCO) and it is also part of the Research Infrastructure EMBRC.PT. As other biological resource centres worldwide, LEGE-CC seeks to provide several services (e.g. provision of starter cultures for diverse purposes, isolation and identification of strains, cyanotoxins analysis, cryopreservation, training courses, etc.). Several studies, most of them from BBE group’s own research, 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.