The Coimbra Collection of Algae (ACOI) is a microbial biological resource centre within the University of Coimbra that holds one of the largest collection of living microalgae. ACOI has a small team of 6 researchers with expertise in biodiversity, cryopreservation, molecular biology and biotechnology of microalgae.
ACOI - UC offers:
ACOI provides specialized services in the field of microalgae R&D, including access to about 4,000 microalgae cultures , experimental facilities designed for microalgae research, well-equipped laboratories and platforms suitable for imaging, molecular biology, structural and chemical studies. A cryostore with a 14,000-sample storage capacity is available. ACOI provides free and open access to data - over 3,300 records and images - on the biodiversity of its collection.
In addition, the ACOI team provides expert advice applied to phycological experiments and taxonomic determination for research, industry and decision-making purposes.