- Institution: Paris Museum Culture collection of Cyanobacteria and Microalgae
- Acronym: PMC ALCP
Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, CP39, 12 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris
- Website: https://www.mnhn.fr/en/cyanobacteria-and-eukaryotic-microalgae-collection
Tel.: +33 (0)1 71 21 47 11
The collection of cyanobacteria and microalgae is a public culture collection accessible to research scientists worldwide. It is a member of the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (#792). Sample or strain requests have to be submitted through the COLHELPER portal (http://colhelper.mnhn.fr) on which users must create an account. It provides various services to public and private institutions (public or confidential deposit; reference strains for teaching, research, industry, ecotoxicological expertise, arts…).
Founded in 1928, the collection was research-oriented since its establishment. It contributes to biodiversity, taxonomy, ecology, genomics, and bioactive compounds research. The activities are continuously supported by research activities of the host institution and laboratory, that include characterization of new cyanobacteria in various environments, genomics, bioactive compounds research, microbial ecology and ecotoxicology.
Novel strategies for strain identification, conservation and accessibility are being implemented to provide an up-to-date resource to the community.
The collection benefits from various platforms available at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (genomics, imaging…).
A full description is available in this paper:
Hamlaoui S, Yeprémian C, Duval C, Marie B, Djédiat C, Piquet B, Bernard C, Duperron S (2022) The culture collection of cyanobacteria and microalgae at the French museum of Natural history: a century old but still alive and kicking! Cryptogamie Algologie 43(3):41-83 DOI: 10.5252/cryptogamie-algologie2022v43a3