About the service
With 3000 strains of marine and freshwater algae, protists and seaweeds, the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) is the most diverse collection of its kind in the world. CCAP is a national service culture collection (Biological Resource Centre) and maintains, characterises and distributes living cultures of marine and freshwater algae, cyanobacteria, protozoa, algal pathogens and related organisms. It is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as part of the UK's scientific infrastructure and is based at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland.
CCAP also provides taxonomic, technical and educational expertise, services and resources for culture isolation and curation to researchers, educators, and businesses worldwide.
As a service for companies that use algae, CCAP can safely store commercially valuable strains as a backup, and also provide a deposit service for strains with associated intellectual property. It is an International Depository Authority (IDA) and accepts confidential deposits for safe-keeping as well as standard deposits that are entered into its public catalogue which is available to the scientific community.
The CCAP culturing facilities include four constant temperature rooms and several individual incubators, providing illuminated culturing for the range of 2-20°C. The facility also includes microscopy and all the equipment necessary for the isolation, culture and maintenance of protists.
CCAP includes a cryopreservation facility with a liquid nitrogen generator for biobanking and offers the technology and expertise for cryopreservation of protists.
New Algal Research, Innovation and Environmental Science (ARIES) Centre
The CCAP-ARIES Centre offers a new platform to upscale the volumes of cultures up to 280 litres with the addition of four photo-bioreactors, alongside shaking incubators, centrifuges, a crossflow membrane extraction system and a freeze dryer. The four independent photo-bioreactors allow for experimental trials to refine ideal growing conditions for bulk cultures by incubating strains under different testing conditions.
The CCAP-ARIES also offers an enhanced genomic service to include collaboration with whole genome sequencing projects, eg algal/protist barcoding, DNA and RNA extraction, microbiome analyses and eukaryote genome sequencing.
The CCAP-ARIES metabolomics service provides users with select biochemical information obtained from the algal cultures. We can extract and analyse common algal pigments, FAMEs and total lipids. Broad screen metabolic profiling by GC-MS is also offered to provide a snapshot of key known and unknown metabolites in your algal samples.