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 257 strains of algae and cyanobacteria, with a high proportion of authentic strains. 199 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 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 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
H 8803 Phyllosiphon ari Croatia 14-11-2016
H 8802 Phyllosiphon arisari Cyprus 22-04-2016
H 8801 Phyllosiphon arisari Basilicata, Italy 22-04-2016
H 8103 Jenufa aeroterrestrica Nanos Mts., Slovenia 22-04-2016

Recent taxonomic updates:
H 8602 Symbiochloris tropica formerly as Dictyochloropsis reticulata 18-11-2016
H 8603 Symbiochloris sp. formerly as Dictyochloropsis symbiontica 18-11-2016

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