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Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP)

CCAP is Europe's largest and most diverse service collection for living strains from marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, and a growing collection of polar diatoms.

The Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) is a Biological Resource Centre located within the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) campus near Oban on the scenic west coast of Scotland. CCAP is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation, as a National Capability service.

We support researchers and businesses across the world with knowledge about the taxonomy and cultivation of algae and protozoa and provide starter cultures and growth media to a wide range of customers.

Mission: To serve as a biological resource centre whose core activity is to access, maintain, characterise and distribute living cultures of marine and freshwater algae, cyanobacteria, protozoa, algal pathogens and related organisms; to provide taxonomy, technical and educational expertise, services and resources for culture isolation and curation to scientists, educators, researchers, and businesses worldwide; and to underpin research at SAMS.

Vision: CCAP will continue to be a recognised and trusted global leader in the provision of algae, protozoa and their associated organisms for academic research, educational institutions, businesses and commercial ventures, for the provision of training and related services. CCAP will be recognised for:

  • First class customer service
  • Outstanding intellectual capability; and
  • World-leading online knowledge resources.

Find out more about CCAP here.

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