• National Facility for Marine Cyanobacteria

    (Sponspored by DBT, Govt of India)



Establishment of National Repository for Microalgae and Cyanobacteria

National Repository for Microalgae and Cyanobacteria established at Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu is exclusively for marine Microalgae and Cyanobacteria. Presently the repository houses marine mesophiles, hypersaline forms, thermophiles and psychrophiles. The repository maintains the Arctic and Antarctic cultures at 4 and 15 ± 2 oC, marine mesophiles at 25 ± 2oC and thermophilic strains at 45 ± 2 ± oC. This year with the addition of 34 new isolates the repository now holds 1034 strains. NRMC has also supplied 29 Microalgal strains to 10 research institutes from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. NRMC has participated in the Workshop titled “Microbiome analysis for data sharing” during 14.10.2017 to 31.10.2017 organized by World Data Center for Microorganisms (WDCM), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. All the strain list along with microscopic image and GPS data are available at NRMC dedicated website http://nfmc.bdu.ac.in

Technology Available

  • C-phycoerythrin pigment production under 2.5L bioreactor
  • Biodiesel production from microalgae
  • Mass cultivation technology using industrial effluent and flue gas at industrial point source.

Distribution Pattern

  • No. of. Marine Cyanobacteria : 636
  • No. of. Marine Green algae : 178
  • No. of. Arctic Cyanobacteria : 20
  • No. of. Arctic Green algae : 14
  • No. of. Antarctic Cyanobacteria : 70
  • No. of. Antarctic Green algae : 46
  • No. of. Hypersaline Cyanobacteria : 50
  • No. of. Thermophilic Cyanobacteria : 20
  • Total strains : 1034