Mission Statement:  “Provide superior algal biological material and services for the enhancement and development of commercial research communities through the use of unique renewable and sustainable resources”

ARC presents the opportunity for commercial and industrial research to explore the use of living marine microalgae for a variety applications such as nutraceutical, pharmaceutical or biomass studies.  The collection houses over 960 living clones from over 70 unique species originating from around the globe.  In our fully equipped laboratory we use the highest quality seawater, freshest nutrients, and house our organisms in a limited access sterile environment.  Since the majority of the organisms produce bioactive compounds, organisms are sustained in critical control to responsibly regulate release into the environment. 

Clones are available for purchase as living samples, frozen samples, or spun into pellets.   The use of photo-bioreactors allows us to rapidly grow concentrations and volumes that are completely scalable and customizable, from 30 ml tissue culture flasks to 10 liter carboys, depending on your needs.    Furthermore, maintaining such a vast, renewable resource collection affords us the opportunity to provide physiological profiles (pigment, lipid, growth rates, etc) of the clones, targeted to your specific needs.  For example, if the anticipated research involves fish oil production, we offer pre-investigative services that can provide information on which clones have the highest lipid content, thus making downstream research more efficient and focused.    An abbreviated list of research services offered at LARC can be found below:

  • Cell content analyses including, but not limited to:  lipid, toxin, and nutrient analyses
  • Other physiological profiles
  • Biomass manipulation experimentation
  • Growth rate analyses in response to manipulated conditions (light, temperature, salinity, etc.)
  • HPLC analyses (pigment profiles)
  • Molecular analyses (products can be provided at any stage:  extraction, amplification, sequencing, or completed phylogenetic analysis)
  • Microscopy (SEM, TEM, Fluorescence)
  • On-site and off-site water sample content consultation

MARBIONC Algal Resource Collection functions under the aspices of UNCW Crest Research Center at 5600 Marvin K. Moss. Ln, Wilmington NC, 28409.  Inquiries into the commercial opportunities available through ARC can be made to Dr. Carmelo Tomas, principle investigator, or Sarah Karafas, culture curator, at  tomasc@uncw.edu or hutchinsons@uncw.edu, respectively, or by calling 910-962-2370.  Quotes and contracts for purchasing cultures and services will be arranged by Steven Fontana of the MARBIONC Development Group, LLC.