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 256 strains of algae and cyanobacteria, with a high proportion of authentic strains. 204 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).


CAUP culture collection represents rather a 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 digitalization of historically valuable permanent slides (mainly of diatoms) 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:
G 1302 Chloromonas reticulata Svalbard, Norway 28-11-2018
G 1301 Chloromonas svalbardensis Svalbard, Norway 05-11-2018
H 8606 Symbiochloris handae Honshu, Japan 18-11-2016
H 8605 Symbiochloris tschermakiae North Auckland, New Zealand 18-11-2016
H 8604 Dictyochloropsis asterochloroides Yokogawa, Japan 18-11-2016

Recent taxonomic updates:
G 1201 Vitreochlamys aulata formerly as Sphaerellopsis aulata 04-11-2018
J 1401 Pseudopleurococcus printzii formerly as Dilabifilum printzii 04-11-2018
Q 101 Vischeria vischeri formerly as Eustigmatos vischeri 03-11-2018
Q 102 Vischeria polyphem formerly as Eustigmatos polyphem 03-11-2018
H 4302 Vischeria sp. formerly asEustigmatos cf. polyphem 03-11-2018

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