• Institution: Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa
  • Acronym: CCAP
  • Location:
    Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS Ltd.),
    Dunbeg, Oban, PA37 1QA,
  • Website: http://www.ccap.ac.uk
  • Correspondent:
    Dr. Michael Ross (CCAP Delivery Manager), Mrs Rachel Saxon (Administrator)
    Tel.: +44 (0)1631 559268
    e-mail: ccap@sams.ac.uk

Members holdings

CCAP (Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) holds nearly 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds from across the globe.

The collection is made up of a wide range of taxa including cyanobacteria, eukaryotic phytoplankton, thalloid red algae, multicellular seaweeds, free-living non-pathogenic protozoa, and a small number of potentially pathogenic protozoa (Acanthamoebae).

Services offered

  • DNA extracts
  • Microscopic and genetic identification
  • Starter cultures for aquaculture and biotechnology
  • cultures for ecotoxicology and biocide testing
  • we are an International Depository Authority (IDA) and accept cultures for Patent Deposit
  • confidential depository for commercially valuable strains
  • algal mass cultures
  • cryopreservation of algae and protozoa
  • fundamental and applied contract research
  • consultancy
  • training courses in Algaculture for Biotechnology, Cryopreservation, and custom courses


Research interests within the group include:

  • algal biofuels
  • algal biotechnology
  • algal stress physiology
  • Biological Resource Centres (BRC)
  • cryopreservation
  • cryoinjury
  • use of molecular methods in culture collections
  • bioinformatics and networking¬†
  • harmful algal bloom causing algae
  • marine algal taxonomy

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