Clara Martins, PhD student of the team headed by Lilia Santos at University of Coimbra (UC), gave the oral presentation titled “Fighting hospital infection with new antibiotic molecules derived from microalgae: the NoMorFilm EU project” at the International Meeting on Marine Research 2016 (IMMR 2016) in Peniche, Portugal.
The IMMR 2016 is an international congress planned to communicate novel scientific knowledge on marine resources and research towards the sustainability of our planet.
UC team explained the critical role of the partners with collections participating in the project to ensure a cultivation system for achieving a high quality biomass used for extractions. The ACOI Coimbra Collection of Algae (UC partner) is the largest of its kind and contributes with 1.000 strains to be studied in NoMorFilm.
During the first year of the project (April, 2015 to 2016), cultivation methodologies were collected among partners and normalized by ACOI. In addition, different tests were performed to optimize the extraction protocol, the corresponding disruption method and the solvents used.
At present, the cultivation methodology is based on obtaining a normalized inoculum for setting the strain cultures which are cultivated under controlled conditions. The extraction is performed with a sequential method to ensure a separation of molecules based on polarity.
The audience was composed by 80 scientifics.