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A national capability

Enhancing our understanding of protistan biodiversity

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the architects of our atmosphere

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guaranteeing the stability of our genetic resources

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exploring microbial interactions


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SAMS area viewThe Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) is located within the Scottish Association for Marine Science campus on the Dunstaffnage peninsula near Oban on the scenic west coast of Scotland.



It is a component of the UK's scientific infrastructure and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as a national service culture collection, or Biological Resource Centre (BRC), providing cultures (cyanobacterial, protistan, macro-algal), bioinformatic data, services and advice to the scientific community world-wide.


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For more information, view the key to strain data and a list of scientific publications and other resources citing CCAP strains.


Catalogue updated: 9 October 2015