Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC)

Director: Dr. A. Magoulas

IMBBC is one of the three institutes of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), based on the premises of HCMR in Crete (Thalassokosmos) and having also facilities in the areas of Aghios Kosmas (Attica) and Souda (Crete). The institute was created by the merging of the Institute for Aquaculture (IA) with the Institute for Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) in 2012. As a consequence, its main research activities arose from those of its constituent institutions that not only subsist, but are further enriched by the potential of joining forces, synergies, complementarity and harmonized effects.

Its main research actions and directions refer to the fields of biodiversity, genomics, population genetic structure of natural and cultivated marine species, aquaculture, quest for novel and/or improved products and organisms, species identification, ecosystem functioning and protection, conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity and its components also taking into account socio-economic and cultural factors.

Its research activities mainly focus on the study of marine biodiversity at all levels of biological organization, from genes to ecosystems, and throughout all scales of observation (in space, time, function). The institute’s main trend is towards using interdisciplinary methodologies and cutting-edge approaches, such as genomics and bioinformatics, database development and digital registry of biodiversity data. The development of biotechnological applications has been established as an important developmental goal.

These research directions have significant implications to critical applications in the fields of conservation, environmental protection, management of coastal ecosystems, genetic improvement in aquaculture, monitoring effects of climatic change etc.

Furthermore, the main research focus of the Aquaculture department lies on the diversification of the Mediterranean aquaculture with the introduction of new fish species, the development of good practices regarding aquaculture management, fish nutrition and feeding, fish health and welfare, and the transfer of knowledge and technology to the private aquaculture sector. The main research areas include reproduction, physiology, larval rearing, nutrition, behavior, immunology/pathology and development of new technologies for commercial production. This multilevel research organization extends from laboratory scale to large-scale facilities from basic research to the development of prototypes.

The institute was highly evaluated by international committees appointed by HCMR’s supervising body (GSRT), in the years 2005 (then at the form of the two separate constituent institutes) and 2014. According to the evaluation report of the year 2014: “The institute is excellent and clearly one that has a great standing and strong potential for further impact” and “the facilities visited are of outstanding quality and value and create the potential for the institute to take a unique position for Europe and worldwide”.

Crete Facilities (Thalassocosmos, Gournes)
P.O. Box. 2214, 710 03
Heraklion, Crete, Hellas
715 00 Gournes, Thalassocosmos, Crete, Hellas
Tel. + 30 2810 337801, + 30 2810 337766
Fax: + 30 2810 337870, + 30 2810 337778

Agios Kosmas Facilities
Agios Kosmas, 16777, Elliniko, Attiki, Hellas
Tel. + 30 210 9856726
Fax: + 30 210 9811713