Introduction

The CAUP Culture Collection was established by B. Fott in 1961. The collection originated by merging a large number of green algal and heterokont cultures isolated by B. Fott with part of the former E.G. Pringsheim's algal culture collection. Presently, the culture collection holds 239 strains of algae and cyanobacteria, with a high proportion of authentic strains. 195 of them are now included in Image database. Since 1981, CAUP Culture Collection is a member of The World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC) under No. 486. It is also included in The Federation of Czech and Slovak Culture Collections of Microorganisms (FCCM).

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CAUP culture collection represents rather small algal collection. Nevertheles, it holds many taxonomically important strains, e.g. authentic cultures of newly described species. The leading idea of our culture collection is not to conserve a very broad range of organisms, but to serve as a platform for education and taxonomic research in our department. Plans for the near future include the introduction of cryopreservation techniques to preserve a large number of strains isolated during various taxonomic studies, and to continue in detailed image documentation of maintained strains. Moreover, we are currently digitalizing historically valuable permanent slides of mainly diatoms, desmids, etc. deposited in our collection, to make them available for the scientific community.


diversity origin biotope
Basic statistics of deposited strains

Features and interests:

    - Two thirds of deposited algae belong to green algal
         classes Trebouxiophyceae and Chlorophyceae.
    - Chlorella represents the most common cultured genus          (24 strains).
    - Collection holds high proportion (32.5%) of authentic          strains.
    - Chlorella vulgaris CAUP H1995, isolated in 1889,          represents the oldest maintained microalgal culture.
    - CAUP culture collection holds the first Pringsheim's          isolate: Chlorella ellipsoidea CAUP H1990

age of maintained strains

 

New accessions:
H 8503 Parachloroidium lobatum bark of Ficus carica, Ravasini in Policoro, Italy 31-10-2013
H 8402 Chloropyrula uraliensis soil, forest near the village Krasnousolsky, Russia 03-09-2013
H 8502 Parachloroidium lobatum bark of Fraxinus ornus, Pacug, Slovenia 03-09-2013
H 8501 Parachloroidium laureanum bark of Laurus nobilis, Ankaran, Slovenia 03-09-2013
H 8401 Leptochlorella corticola bark of a Cupressus sempervirens, Slovenia 07-02-2013
H 7902 Kalinella apyrenoidosa bark of a Laurus nobilis, Slovenia 07-02-2013
H 8001 Hylodesmus singaporensis tropical forest, Singapore 07-02-2013

Recent taxonomic updates:
H 5303 Scotinosphaera lemnae formerly as Kentrosphaera lemnae 12-09-2013
H 5302 Scotinosphaera gibberosa formerly as Kentrosphaera gibberosa 12-09-2013
H 5301 Scotinosphaera gibberosa formerly as Kentrosphaera gibberosa 12-09-2013
H 5309 Scotinosphaera austriaca formerly as Kentrosphaera austriaca 12-09-2013
H 5304 Scotinosphaera austriaca formerly as Kentrosphaera austriaca 12-09-2013
H 6504 Chromochloris zofingiensis formerly as Mychonastes zofingiensis 02-04-2012
H 6503 Chromochloris zofingiensis formerly as Mychonastes zofingiensis 02-04-2012
H 6006 Chromochloris zofingiensis formerly as Mychonastes zofingiensis 02-04-2012


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