OCMB is operating within diverse areas of marine biotechnology ranging from fundamental and applied research to business incubation. Projects are carried out in collaboration with academic and industrial partners both locally and from across the globe. The ultimate objective of all OCMB projects is to contribute to job creation, diversification from oil and prosperity and growth for the Oman society.

Currently, research and development projects are being materialized within cultivation and commercialization of high-value algae, different forms of sustainable aquaculture and developing capture fisheries in Oman.


Mediterranean Deep-Sea Sponges

The publication Poecillastrosides, Steroidal Saponins from the Mediterranean Deep-Sea Sponge Poecillastra compressa, was published in an international scientific journal in cooperation with highly-respected academic institutions in France, Ireland, Spain and Sweden. The study included the first chemical investigation of the Mediterranean deep-sea sponge Poecillastra compressa and led to the identification of seven new steroidal saponins named poecillastrosides A–G (1–7). Read the entire article here.

Fresh seafood export from Oman

A research project in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden was conducted during Fall 2017. The study investigates the opportunities in enhancing value creation of sustainable fresh seafood export from Oman. The project included the mapping of the industrial network for fresh seafood export from Oman and the identification of a set of key success factors for sustainable fresh seafood export through a benchmark study. The report will be published shortly.

Omani sea cucumbers

Antimicrobial, anti-diatom and anti-larval activities of both water soluble and non-water-soluble metabolites of the sea cucumbers Holothuria atra and Holothuria edulis from Oman were tested in this study. There was no significant effect of the extracts from sea cucumbers on bacterial (three reference bacteria from seawater and pathogens) and the diatom Chaetoceros sp. growth. This study suggests that Omani sea cucumbers might be a good source of toxic anti-larval compounds. Read the entire article here.

Red seaweed from Oman

Carrageenophyte red seaweed from Oman, Hypnea bryoides, extracted using three different processes was investigated. The resulting extract precipitated by alcohol was subject to chemical and rheological measurements. Alkali treatment with NaOH allowed complete conversion of kappa (κ) carrageenan form as detected by FTIR analysis. Transition temperatures from DSC and rheology showed comparable results and were in good agreement with those previously reported. Read more here.


Calabro K, Kalahroodi EL, Rodrigues D, et al. (2017) Poecillastrosides, Steroidal Saponins from the Mediterranean Deep-Sea Sponge Poecillastra compressa (Bowerbank, 1866). Marine Drugs,15(7):199.

Waly M., Al-Balushi M., Al-Sabahi J. and Soussi B. (2015) Cellular Evidence of Hepato-and Neuro-Protective Effect of Fish Press Juices against Hydrogen Peroxide-induced Oxidative Stress. Canadian Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 3: 32-43

Dobretsov S, Alwahabi A, Lai D, Alsabahi J, Claerboudt M, Proksch P and Soussi B. (2014) Inhibition of bacterial fouling by soft coral natural products. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation 98: 53-58

Al-Souti A., Al-Sabahi J., Soussi B. and Goddard JS. (2012) The effects of fish oil enriched diets on growth, feed conversion and fatty acid content of red hybrid tilapia Oreochromis sp. Food Chemistry, 133: 723-727

Al-Alawi A., Al-Marhubi I., Al-Balushi M., and Soussi B. (2011) Characterization of carrageenan extracted from Hypnea bryoides in Oman. Marine Biotechnology, 13(5): 893-899.

Dobretsov S. and Soussi B. (2011) Bioactive molecules from the sea: success, challenges and future prospectives. In: Natural Products and Active Components in Disease Prevention. M.M. Essa, A. Manickavasagan, E. Sukumar (Editors). Nova Science Publishers Inc. NY.

Guizani N., Essa M., Al-Kharousi Z., Singh V., Soussi B. and Guillemin GJ. (2011) Omega 3 fatty acids and its potential health benefits. In: Natural Products and their Active Compounds on Disease Prevention. M.M. Essa, A. Manickavasagan, E. Sukumar (Editors). Nova Science Publishers Inc. NY.

Rahman M. S., Al-Belushi R. M., Al-Saidi G. S., Guizani N., and Soussi B. (2009) Fat oxidation in freeze-dried grouper during storage at different temperatures and moisture contents. Food Chemistry, 114(4):1257-1264

Dobretsov S., Al-Mammari I. M. and Soussi B. (2009) Bioactive compounds from Omani sea cucumbers. Agricultural and Marine Sciences, 14: 49-53.

Sablani SS., Rahman MS., Al-Busaidi S., Guizani N., Al-Habsi N., Al-Belushi R. and Soussi B. (2007) Thermal transitions of king fish whole muscle, fat and fat-free muscle by differential scanning calorimetry. Thermochimica Acta, 462: 56-63

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