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Last week, the Minister for Science and Innovation (MICINN) of the Spanish Central Government, Cristina Garmendia, accompanied by Paulino Rivero, President of the Canarian Government and José Regidor, Rector of the University of Las Palmas G.C. (ULPGC) inaugurated the renovated facilities of the Spanish Bank of Algae (BEA), as a service of the ULPGC.

Minister Cristina Garmendia and President Paulino Rivero visiting the renovated facilities of the Spanish Bank of Algae together with the Director of BEA, Prof. Guillermo García Reina.

The BEA, promoted several years ago by the ULPGC, has been recently granted with 2.6 M‚ā¨ by the Spanish Government, through the action ‚ÄúNational Strategic Plan for Microalgae‚ÄĚ, for being consolidated as a Deposit International Authority according to the Budapest Treaty. After that investment, the facility, located on the east coast of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain), is configured, in the words of the Minister, as the "national initiative" for research and industrial development through the potential use of algae.

‚ÄúOur Government considers that research in algal biotechnology is going to be an added value for the industry‚ÄĚ, Garmendia pointed out, ‚Äúnot only as a promising source of biomass for biofuels and CO2 biofiltration, but to another possibilities for important sectors of the Canarian Archipelago, Spain and the international economy, like agro-food, pharmaceutical, biomedical or cosmetic uses‚ÄĚ.

The Spanish Bank of Algae holds the only authorized culture collection in Spain of tropical and subtropical microalgae, cyanobacteria and extremophiles, particularly from the Macaronesian region. Objectives include sampling, isolation, identification, characterization, conservation and supply of strains and genomic DNA for scientific and industrial purposes based on microalgae cultures and applications development. Prof. Guillermo Garc√≠a Reina, Director of the BEA, indicated that the Canary Islands ‚Äú‚Ķis one of the hottest points in world‚Äôs biodiversity, that makes sense in the interest of scientific and political authorities to promote this activity in the islands‚ÄĚ. ‚ÄúThere is also a clear necessity to diversify economical activities apart from tourism in the Archipelago and perhaps, the development of an industry starting from microalgae cultivation might be the way to the future‚ÄĚ president Rivero appointed.

Prof. García Reina showing the Minister one of the cultivation chambers holding  some of the new isolated strains of BEA.

In this respect, one of the main aims of the BEA is to be a tool to the service of the National System of R&D&I and to put in value the scientific and technological strengths that Spain hoards in this field. Spain relies on scientific institutions, technological centres and international leading companies that have recently increased their activities at this area. With the BEA consolidation, the Canary Islands are positioning as a suitable territory for RDI projects development in algal biotechnology, since it brings scientific-technological possibilities together with exceptional geographical and climatic conditions.



El Banco Espa√Īol de Algas (BEA) dentro del marco de colaboraci√≥n con la Oficina Espa√Īola de Patentes y Marcas (OEPM), incluye en su p√°gina web el servicio de informaci√≥n sobre Alertas Tecnol√≥gicas OEPM.

La Oficina Espa√Īola de Patentes y Marcas (OEPM) ha atendido nuestra petici√≥n de una alerta tecnol√≥gica espec√≠fica sobre Cultivo y Uso de las Microalgas, que recoge todas las solicitudes de patente publicadas en el √°rea recientemente. Puedes consultarla en esta secci√≥n o en la web de la OEPM a trav√©s de este enlace "MICROALGAS: CULTIVO Y USOS"

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Las Alertas Tecnológicas proporcionan un listado actualizado diariamente de las publicaciones de Solicitudes de Patente más recientes a nivel mundial sobre un tema técnico concreto.

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Una vez determinado un tema de inter√©s, los Examinadores de Patentes establecer√°n una estrategia de b√ļsqueda que acceder√° autom√°tica y diariamente al sistema Open Patent System OPS de la Oficina Europea de Patentes. Dicho acceso posibilitar√° la confecci√≥n de una Alerta Tecnol√≥gica. Las estrategias se revisar√°n con periodicidad anual con posterioridad a las actualizaciones anuales de las Clasificaciones Internacional IPC y la Clasificaci√≥n Cooperativa de Patentes CPC.

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