Microalgae and Cyanobacteria

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Our research focus is on the isolation of microalgae and cyanobacteria from the Icelandic nature - sea, land and fresh water – in order to scan for and isolate valuable bioactive compounds.

The main emphasis of our work is to systematically and reproducibly isolate microalgae and cyanobacteria from the Icelandic environment. In order to achieve this we:

  • collect samples of microalgae and cyanobacteria for the evaluation of bio-diversity
  • establish the environmental factors important for the growth of microalgae and cyanobacteria
  • explore different methods for isolation and purification
  • reconstruct methodology, knowledge and equipment required for the production of microalgae and cyanobacteria.