REBECA-CCT seeks to strengthen the work carried out in the previous initiative REBECA (Network of Excellence in Blue Biotechnology) with the aim of promoting and incentivizing the Microalgae Biotechnology sector in Macaronesia. Its geographical scope is limited to the archipelagos of the Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira, Cape Verde and Mauritania.

Under the title "Network of excellence in blue biotechnology (algae) of the Macaronesian region. Consolidation, certification and transfer”, project seeks to increase the competitiveness of the Region through the "Microalgae of Macaronesia" brand (native vines, cultivated through comprehensive processes and biorrefinery), to generate investment and employment.

Among the actions planned is expanding the number of strains and exploring those already identified and cataloged as new sources of metabolites of interest; consolidate work teams and action protocols; improve infrastructure and equipment; generate common support services for all the Network's collections (taxonomy, cytometry, biochemistry, cultivation and processing technology, application development, etc.) and improve the services provided to technological centers.

REBECA-CCT will guarantee the excellence of the biological capital that is supplied, through the pertinent certifications and in coordination with European regulatory entities.

The main beneficiaries of the project are scientific community, industry and Administration. REBECA-CCT will consolidate the synergy between the collections of the REBECA Network and institutions that maintain microbial resources in Europe to support their activity. To this end, collaboration with the Administration on the use and conservation of genetic resources will be encouraged; investment protection will be supported and the growth of the bioeconomy in aquaculture, agriculture and food/health will be promoted; all this in a proven way, thanks to the studies that the companies that collaborate in the project will carry out.

REBECA-CCT project proposes:

  1. Increase the biological capital of collections and organization of backup copies that guarantee long-term maintenance of biological material.
  2. Establish a singularity/specialization of each of the collections established according to technical characteristics of work teams and biogeographic specificities of each one
  3. Create a new collection of Mauritanian microalgae
  4. Establish a network of experts in biodiversity conservation and biotechnological development that maintain collaboration agreements with Network
  5. Advance enhancement of the strains of Network, in order, among others, to provide ingredients for formulation of feed/functional diets (ß-glucans, antibiotic activity, antifungal activity and other prebiotics) that provide improvements in new developments in aquaculture, agriculture and human nutrition sector in Region.

Scientific and Technological Park Foundation of the ULPGC is the coordinating entity of the project that has a consortium made up of 13 organizations, among which is the Canary Islands Institute of Technology, a public center for R&D&i attached to the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment of Canary Islands Government.

The project (code MAC2/1.1b/26) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, within Axis 1 "Boosting research, technological development and innovation".

Previous REBECA project has led to creation of new collections of microalgae and cyanobacteria in Macaronesian Region and increase in the biological capital of the Banco Español de Algas (BEA) collection.

REBECA-CCT is aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following being of special interest:



  • Fundación Parque Científico Tecnológico de la ULPGC. Canarias. España.
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. Canarias. España.
  • Universidade dos Açores (UAc). Azores. Portugal.
  • Universidade da Madeira (UMa). Madeira. Portugal.
  • Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria (SPEGC). Canarias. España.
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Canarias. España.
  • Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso. Azores. Portugal.
  • Agencia de Investigación, Innovación y Sociedad de la Información (ACIISI) del Gobierno de Canarias. España.
  • Universidade de Cabo Verde (UniCV). Cabo Verde
  • Université de Nouakchott Al Aasriya (UNA). Mauritania.
  • Health Microbiotics Spain. S.L. España.
  • Biobab R&D S.L. Canarias. España.
  • Marisland - Madeira Mariculture, Lda. Madeira. Portugal.

Main Objective:

Consolidation of microalgae collections of REBECA Network and establishment of protocols for knowledge and technology transfer mechanisms in the field of blue algae biotechnology that allow improving business fabric of Macaronesia region.

Specific objectives:

  1. Consolidation of microalgae culture collections established in Interreg-MAC REBECA initiative and improvement of offer of strains and services for scientific/academic, technological and industrial activity.
  2. Establishment of pilot lines and actions to validate production and processing, under the concept of Biorefinery, of selected microalgae strains from RED and the development of their applications in aquaculture, agriculture and human food sector, among others. .
  3. Technology transfer, training and accompaniment with investment agents and applicants in Blue Biotechnology sector, to facilitate specialization, employability of expert-technologists and diversification of industry as a growth strategy for Macaronesian Region.