News from the NCMA (Bigelow)

News from the NCMA (Bigelow)

Postby Luis A M » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:44 pm

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
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PO Box 380
East Boothbay, ME 04544

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F: (001) 207-315-3230

February 2014
Mike Lomas Appointed as New Director of Bigelow Laboratory’s National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA)

Phytoplankton physiological ecologist Dr. Mike Lomas has been selected as the new director of Bigelow Laboratory’s Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA). Lomas became a Senior Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory in the fall of 2012. Prior to his move north Mike conducted research at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (formerly Bermuda Biological Station for Research) for ~12 years where he ran a fully supported sea-going research team.

“I am delighted that Mike is the new director of the NCMA,” said Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director Graham Shimmield. “He brings an excellent blend of ocean-going science, biogeochemistry and ecology to the role along with significant management and strategic skills. He will propel the NCMA in its strategy to serve both the academic and industry partners that we have been working with for nearly forty years.”

Lomas holds a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Maryland at College Park. His areas of research include understanding the physiology and ecology, and interactions between the two, of natural marine phytoplankton populations through directed experimentation and observation. Read more...


Registration is now open for the 2014 Algal Culturing Techniques Course
The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) will be offering an Algal Culturing Techniques Course June 8-14, 2014. The course is designed for graduate students, faculty members, aquaculturists, biotech professionals and anyone else interested in learning culturing techniques. The course will include a bio-prospecting cruise, hands on laboratory training and lectures by experienced algal research scientists. Isolation techniques, strain identification, cryopreservation, scale-up and algae harvesting are just some of the topics that will be covered. Read more...

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Featured Product
Aquaculture Strains

The NCMA features fourteen strains of algae that are commonly used by the aquaculture industry. These strains are highly nutritious and are often high oil producers. They are used for feed for bivalve molluscs, penaeid shrimp, and juvenile stages of abalone, crustaceans and marine fish larvae. The NCMA was originally started in 1981 as a seed stock for the aquaculture industry. The aquaculture express strains are available to ship within 24 hours of ordering.
All of our aquaculture express strains are axenic, robust, and tolerant of a range of temperatures and salinity. They all grow in simple media (such as f/2 or L1). Read more...


Featured Strain
CCMP1335 Thalassiosira pseudonana

CCMP1335, is a small centric diatom that has had a large impact on algal research as a model organism, as well as utilized by aquaculture and algal biomass industries. Thalassiosira pseudonana CCMP1335 (originally designated as strain 3H) is an estuarine isolate. It was isolated in September 1958 from a shallow embayment where the Forge River meets Moriches Bay on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Read more...


Featured Paper
Genome of the red alga Porphyridium purpureum
Our featured paper reports on and examines the implications of the first red alga to have its genome sequenced. NCMA’s own CCMP1328, a representative of the genus Porphyridium cruentum (S.F.Gray), was chosen for this distinction. Ralph Lewin isolated this strain in 1957 from the Eel Pond in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. It was deposited, in 1958, in Dr. Robert Guillard’s algal collection (the pre-curser of the CCMP/ NCMA) with the strain designation PORPH. It is designated P. cruentum at the NCMA, a name is currently considered to be a taxonomic synonym of Porphyridium purpureum (Bory de Saint-Vincent). Read more...


Customer Spotlight
Ekone Oyster Company

Ekone Oyster Company, an oyster farm located in South Bend WA, is set in the pristine waters of the Willapa Bay estuary where the Pacific Ocean meets the fresh water flowing from the rivers of the Willapa hills.

The company farms 350 acres of long line and traditional ground culture and operates a 7,500 ft2 laboratory where oyster seed and microalgae are produced.

"Having robust microalgae strains with a good nutritional value are critical for bivalve aquaculture," said Roberto Quintana. "And having a consistent and reliable supply of microalgae, like the one we get from the NCMA, has been essential to us throughout the years."


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