The Kiel Marine Organism Culture Centre (KIMOCC) provides advanced culturing techniques for experiment  with marine organisms like e.g. deep-sea bivalves, ctenophores, microalgae or cnidaria (pictures on the left by Hiebenthal, Jaspers, Schulz and Weiland-Bräuer).


Kiel Marine Organism Culture Centre (KIMOCC) provides a platform that develops, implements and publishes state-of-the-art marine organism culture methods.

KIMOCC serves CAU and GEOMAR by supporting complex experiments in the framework of the main topics of the Future Ocean Network.

Main foci of KIMOCC:

  • acclimatization and adaptation of organisms to climate change
  • interaction of microbial communities and multicellular organisms

KIMOCC develops and provides:

  • Development and implementation of state-of-the-art culture methods
  • Development and implementation of systems for continuous supply with feeding organisms (living zoo- and phytoplankton)
  • Cultivation of challenging marine species through several generations
  • Systematical supply with recent marine environmental data
  • Quality management of "Kiel CO2 manipulation experimental facility" (KICO2) at GEOMAR
  • Advice of CAU and GEOMAR scientists and students in planning and conducting culture experiments



Claas Hiebenthal Tel.: +49 431 600-4575
Frank Melzner Tel.: +49 431 600-4274