Services at the BCCM/DCG Diatoms Collection

Diatom and microalgae service analyses


Before sending material, it is advisable to contact BCCM/DCG to make sure that the material to be analysed is within its scope and technical capabilities, to discuss extra requirements and to be informed of the price offer.

Service reports are included in the price.

To order an analysis, contact us and send your samples or isolates with an official (purchase) order form from your company, specifying:

  • your contact details (company name, postal address/invoice address, phone number, email address and VAT number if existing)
  • the requested analysis
  • cultivation details (if applicable).
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List of service analyses

Strain isolation

Isolation of microalgae and creation of clonal strains


Identification of living (non-axenic) monoclonal algae cultures based on morphology and DNA
  Scanning Electron Microscopy

Analysis of micralgal pigments

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analysis for pigments (e.g., fucoxanthin, astaxanthin)

Imaging technologies

Imaging Flow Cytometry
  Multi-Mode Cell Imaging

Growth experiments

Labfors Photobioreactor
  Culture media


Consultancy and collaboration

Our team of PhD level experts is always available for a broad range of professional consultancy and specialist services. Covered topics include, but are not limited to

  • microalgae taxonomy and characterization
  • preservation of microalgae cultures
  • management and quality assurance of microbial resources
  • literature studies, e.g. industrial application and safety of specific organisms
  • advisory support in scientific dossiers

BCCM/DCG is also open to collaboration with both industrial and academic partners.

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