Our research focuses on the evolution of the Cyanobacteria and their impressive diversity in terms of morphologies, ecologies, physiologies and natural products…. These features allow Cyanobacteria to colonize the Earth. Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic prokaryotes that contribute largely to the balance between CO2 and O2 in the atmosphere. Adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions, they colonize most ecosystems. In continental and marine water bodies, the abundance of bloom-forming representatives disrupts the equilibrium of these environments and the potentially associated cyanotoxins may be harmful to animals and Man.
Since July 2009, the Collection of Cyanobacteria maintains the collection Pasteur Culture of Cyanobacteria (PCC: access to PCC webpage ), and dispatch the pure PCC strains to the research community worldwide. This ressource is also used for our own research activities, focused on the evolution and the natural products of Cyanobacteria.