Marbank is a national marine biobank coordinating a network of marine collections in Norway. The mission of Marbank and the network is to provide national and international academia and industry with easy access to marine biodiversity, its associated data and extractable products. There is a special focus on samples for marine bioprospecting i.e. the systematic search for interesting and unique genes, molecules and organisms from the marine environment with features that could be useful to society and/or have potential for commercial development.

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Marbank Cruise to Forlandsundet and Mount of Isfjorden, Svalbard June 2015

During a week in mid June this year, Marbank conducted a cruise in shallow depth areas of Forlandsundet and the outer reaches of Isfjorden Svalbard. The aim of this cruise was to collect marine invertebrates from shallow areas inaccessible to the larger research vessels commonly available for cruise activity in these waters. Therefore, a seven-days cruise with a smaller wessel, the 50 feet long RV Viking Explorer, owned by the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) put Marbank in the position to collect fauna in these areas.

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Marbank on CNN and NRK P2 radio.

Marbank is a co-partner in the EU-funded PharmaSea project aiming to discover new antibiotics. On this background both CNN and NRK P2 showed their interest and these programs are now available on their respective web-pages:

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Contact and visiting address:

Kjersti Lie Gabrielsen, Manager
+47 91563533

Forskningsparken i Tromsø/Tromsø Science Park,
Sykehusvegen 21, N-9019 Tromsø, Norway.

Postal address:
Marbank, Havforskningsinstituttet/ Institute of Marine Research,                  
P.O. Box 6404, 9294 Tromsø, Norway.


A searchable web-catalogue and an online ordering system will be launched on this web-site. Until then, customers are kindly asked to contact Marbank for further information about samples and terms of access.