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MaCuMBA aims to unlock the hidden potential of marine microorganisms

TITLE: Marine Microorganisms: Cultivation Methods for Improving their Biotechnological Applications
PROGRAMME: FP7 Cooperation, KBBE
INSTRUMENT: Collaborative Project
TOTAL BUDGET: €12,015,209
DURATION: August 2012 – July 2016
COORDINATOR: Stichting Koninklijk, Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ), The Netherlands
CONSORTIUM: 23 partners from 11 countries

Marine microorganisms are an almost untapped resource of biotechnological potential. They could potentially provide clues that will help moderate climate change, control disease and generate alternative energy sources. However, their use is hindered by the low success rate for isolating novel microorganisms and by poor growth efficiency. Consequently, the vast majority of marine microorganisms have not been cultivated and are often considered as ‘unculturable’.

The objective of the MaCuMBA project is to uncover the untold diversity of marine microbes using cultivation-dependent strategies. MaCuMBA aims to improve the isolation rate and growth efficiency of marine microorganisms from conventional and extreme habitats.


Project Coordinator

Prof. Lucas J. Stal

Stichting Koninklijk Nederlands
Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ)
Korringaweg 7
4401 NT Yerseke
The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0)113 – 577 497



The MaCuMBA project factsheet is available to download HERE.

If you would like to know more about this project, visit the official MaCuMBA website:


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