Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the CCAP laboratory is limited to essential maintenance activities. We can still accept orders and strain deposits, but there may be delays to shipping. CCAP is available as usual by email for enquiries and support. Contact us at ccap@sams.ac.uk
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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), part of UK Research and Innovation, 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.


The Collection is currently working towards implementing Quality Management Standard ISO 9001:2015.


Nagoya Protocol

For potential depositors whose isolates fall within the scope of the Nagoya Protocol, read our new advice here, and our information page on the Nagoya Protocol here.


Depositors have a responsibility to show due diligence to determine if the material to be deposited is within the scope of the Nagoya Protocol.


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