The Spanish Bank of Algae (BEA-Banco EspaĆ±ol de Algas) is a service of the Scientific and Technological Park Foundation of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC),which objectives are the isolation, identification, characterization, conservation and provisioning of microalgae and cyanobacteria.
In addition to these functions, standard in any collection of microorganisms, the Spanish Bank of Algae function as a service facilitating the development of a new bioindustrial sector based on the cultivation and application of microalgae and cyanobacteria.
BEA is member of the European Culture Collection Organization (ECCO) since 2001 and of the World Federation of Culture Collection (WFCC) since 2003. BEA is listed in the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WFCC-MIRCEN) under the registration number 837.
The BEA is Accredited as an International Authority for the Deposit of Micro-organisms in accordance with the Treaty of Budapest by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation, resolution No. 239 of 28.10.2005 before the Government of Spain, http://www.wipo.int/edocs/notdocs/en/budapest/treaty_budapest_239.html ).
This accreditation confers on the BEA the deposit of algae for the purposes of recognition of industrial property before the World Intellectual Property Office and the Spanish Patents and Brands Office.
BEA holds strains from tropical and subtropical areas, in particular of the MACARONESIAN Region. These cultures have strain numbers preceded by BEA.