Our History

A short history of CCAP

The foundations of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) were laid by Professor Ernst Georg Pringsheim. Professor Pringsheim and his collaborators, Victor Czurda and Felix Mainx, isolated a number of cultures at the Botanical Institute of the German University of Prague in the 1920's. Pringsheim and his cultures moved to England where the collection was expanded and eventually taken over by E A George for Cambridge University in 1947. In 1970 these cultures formed the basis of the Culture Centre of Algae and Protozoa at Cambridge, financed by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). During 1986 the cultures and their associated activities were transferred to the Institute of Freshwater Ecology (IFE) Windermere Laboratory at Ambleside [freshwater algae and all protozoa] and Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory (DML) at Oban [marine algae]. These moves represented a relocation of the Centre to the two Institutes both with long-standing and continuing research activities in phycology, protozoology and other aspects of aquatic science. As the collection was now held at two locations rather than a single centre, it was renamed the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, retaining the acronym CCAP. In 2001 the Institute of Freshwater Ecology was renamed the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Windermere.

 

In early 2004 the freshwater section of CCAP, which was based at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology's Windermere laboratory in the English Lake District, relocated to Scotland to join the marine section at the new Scottish Association for Marine Science laboratory near Oban on the west coast. CCAP, united once again as a single collection, occupies a brand new custom-designed facility within the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology at the Dunstaffnage site.

 

CCAP still receives its major funding from the Natural Environment Research Council and SAMS is one of its collaborative centres.

 

The Collection functions as the national service collection of algae and protozoa in the UK and is linked with other service collections worldwide via the World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC). There is liaison between collections within Europe via the European Culture Collections' Organization (ECCO) and nationally via the United Kingdom Federation for Culture Collections (UKFCC). In 1997 the United Kingdom National Culture Collection (UKNCC) was established to co-ordinate some of the marketing and research activities of the UK's nine major public domain culture collections, including CCAP. In 2001 the UKNCC published the CCAP catalogue.

Meet the team

  • Christine Campbell

    CCAP National Capability Manager

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  • Rachel Saxon

    Administrator

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  • Cecilia Rad Menendez

    Support Scientist - Protistology

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  • Joanne Field

    Support Scientist - Protistology

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  • Naomi Thomas

    Support Scientist - Protistology

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  • Karen MacKechnie

    Microbiology Laboratory Assistant

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  • Rachel Allen

    Support Scientist - Protistology

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  • Dr Claire Gachon

    Affiliated PI (Molecular Biology)

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  • Dr Michele Stanley

    Affiliated PI (Algal Biotechnology)

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  • Dr David Green

    Affiliated PI (Molecular Microbiology)

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