• Institution: The Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae
  • Acronym: NORCCA
  • Location:
    Gaustadalléen 21
    0349 Oslo
  • Website: http://www.norcca.no
  • Correspondent:
    Vladyslava Hostyeva
    Tel.: +4798227765
    Fax: +47 22 18 52 00
    e-mail: niva-cca@eccosite.org

Members holdings

The Norwegian Culture Collection of Algae, NORCCA, maintained and owned by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and the University of Oslo (UiO), includes algal strains from the two institutes and the former Danish algal culture collection SCCAP. Our collection currently holds about 2000 strains of algae, including over 800 strains of cyanobacteria. Other groups include Chlorophyceae, Bacillariophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Dinophyceae, Conjugatophyceae and Cryptophyceae. Most strains are isolated from lakes, often toxic water blooms, but other habitats include rivers, coastal waters and soil from Norway and international localities, even Svalbard and Antarctica. All strains are kept in liquid media with controlled temperature and light conditions. Available strains are listed on our website.

Services offered

  • Distribution of strains
  • Culturing and distribution of strains used for ISO Standardized Algal Assays
  • Deposition of strains
  • Morphological identification
  • Isolation from natural sample
  • Purification of strains


  • Test organsisms for instance for ISO Standardized Algal Assyas
  • Experimental physiological studies
  • Secondary metabolites
  • Identification/classification
  • Algae Culture Technology
  • Bioprospecting
  • Genome sequencing