Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) | EMBRC

Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

The main research activities of IMBBC refer to the study of biodiversity at all levels of biological organization, from genes to ecosystems (genomics, population genetic structure of natural and cultivated marine species, aquaculture, quest for novel and/or improved products and organisms, species identification, ecosystem functioning and protection, conservation and socio-economic and cultural factors), and throughout all observational scales (in sustainable use of marine biological diversity and its components accounting for all relevant space, time, function).

The institutes main research directions include:
* Genetics and molecular biotechnolog
* Biodiversity and ecosystem management
* Aquaculture
The research scheme also includes Horizontal Actions, which function in parallel with the research directions and have a cross-cutting approach:
* Bioinformatics and e-Infrastructure
* Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
* Bioanalysis and Biotechnology

Main Services

Provision of Biological resources and culture collections
•    Biobanks
•    Provision of samples of micro-algae, protists and bacteria;
•    Provision of samples of marine and freshwater invertebrates;
•    Marine and aquaculture species of interest for research and technological development purposes

Access to ecosystems
•    Visual census, recording of parameters;
•    Sampling natural and artificial marine ecosystems;
•    Research vessels (R/V ‘PHILIA’, ‘AEGAEO’, ‘ALKYON’, inflatable vessels);
•    Manned submersible vehicle (“THETIS”);
•    R.O.V.’s;
•    SCUBA diving facilities (scientific diving team);
•    Underwater imaging;
•    Sampling facilities and equipment;

Technology platforms
•    Microscopy and bio imagining (micro-CT scanning);
•    Molecular biology and -omics technologies;
•    TPs for structural and chemical analysis;
•    Environmental biobanking;
•    Biological analysis facilities;
•    Structural and chemical analysis;
•    Aquaculture Phytoplankton biochemistry;
•    Aquaculture Broodstock;
•    Aquaculture Nutrition;
•    Aquaculture Fish rearing;
•    Aquaculture Histology;
•    Aquaculture Immunology/Toxicology;
•    Aquaculture Microbiology;

Experimental facilities
•    Aquaria and mesocosms;
•    Wet/Dry Laboratories;
•    Intensive hatchery facilities;
•    Live food production (Artemia and rotifers) facilities;
•    Bioreactors
•    Larval rearing facilities;
•    Nursery facilities;
•    Behaviour facilities;
•    Reproduction and Physiology facilities;
•    Phenotyping facilities (micro-CT scanning)

Training and education
•    Marine Training e- Platform (vLab)
•    Courses, workshops and summer schools on state of the art technologies

E-infrastructures and associate services
Bioinformatic data and ‘omics technology data services, such as:
•    IMBBC Bioinformatics Cluster: Genome and transcriptome assembly and annotation, population genomic and phylogenomic analyses;
•    IMBBC Bioinformatics Cluster: Parallelized pipelines
•    IMBBC Bioinformatics Cluster: Access to specialised software
•    Biological databases (collaboration with ELIXIR)
•    Electronic catalogues of biodiversity data and data observatories (LIFEWATCH);
•    MedOBIS vLab (Mediterranean node of Ocean Biogeographic Information System) reliable and quality controlled marine species datasets, meta-data and satellite data from all over the Mediterranean Sea;
•    Literature Mining;
•    Citizen science data

Supporting facilities
•    Conference, Workshops, Meeting rooms and teaching facilities;
•    In house restaurant and cafeteria;
•    Hotels and B&B at close proximity to the institute

Research topics: 
  1. Genetics and molecular biotechnology
  2. Biodiversity and ecosystem management
  3. Aquaculture
Antonis Magoulas
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
Former US Base at Gournes, P.C. 71500, municipality of Hersonissos
P.O. Box 2214
GR 710 03 Héraklion
Heraklion, Crete
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