Depositing Strains

 

 

  • Standard Deposit
  • Confidential Deposit
  • Patent Deposit

 

Standard Deposit

 

CCAP is willing to accept deposits of algae (including cyanobacteria) and free-living, non-pathogenic protozoa that the depositor considers to have some interesting properties. For example, it may be taxonomically important as Type material, or may have some unique or unusual physiological or biochemical features, or it may have been isolated from an unusual habitat. A strain may have proved useful in research or as a food organism or it may simply be a rare example of a cultured strain representing a group of organisms which are usually difficult to obtain in culture. The risk of losing the strain is obviously reduced if the depositor places the strain in recognised culture collections. CCAP will consider the acceptance of such strains, allocate to them strain numbers, list them in catalogues and subsequently make them available to the scientific community, if the following conditions can be satisfied:

 

  • The strain has been identified, preferably to the species level.
  • The criteria used in identifying the strain are stated.
  • The strain is identified with a new species name (i.e. Type material), the name and a description of the species has been published or is 'in press' in the scientific literature. Copies of the relevant published material must be provided at the time of deposit.
  • The depositor is prepared to allow CCAP staff to make such changes to cultivation procedures as may be deemed necessary for the practical or economic maintenance of the strain.

 

If, after receiving the strain, there is some doubt concerning its identity, CCAP may either return the sample to the depositor with a request for confirmation of its identity and/or send a sample to a qualified third party for a confirmation of the identification. Once a deposit has been accepted into the Collection it will be given a unique strain designation (number) which will be immutable.

 

Please note that CCAP cannot accept all deposit requests due to limitations of staff time and resources.

We reserve the right to refuse any strain that is not as described in the Accession Form.

 

Compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

CCAP adheres to The MIRRI Best Practice Manual on Access and Benefit Sharing.

 

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

Before completing the Accession Form, please check if your strain falls within the scope of the Protocol.

If the strain you wish to deposit:

  • was collected on or after October 12th 2014
  • was collected from a country that is party to the NP

Then the NP legislation may apply. To check and for further information visith the ABSCH (Access and Benefit Sharing Clearing House).

If the strain is regulated by the NP you will be asked for details of the National Competent Authority that granted access to the genetic resource, and possibly to upload documentation showing Prior Informed Consent (PIC) and/or Mutually Agreed Terms (MAT). This information could be combined in an Internationally Recognised Certificate of Compliance (IRCC).

Failure to provide necessary information and documentation could result in the deposit being refused.

Click here to see background information on the Nagoya Protocol.

 

Procedure for Depositing Strains

Prospective depositors should NOT send live material to CCAP in the first instance.
Please apply to CCAP, who will give advice and/or furnish the relevant form(s).

 

Supply of Cultures to Depositors

Depositors may obtain 1 culture of each strain they have deposited free of charge per calendar year. Further cultures of the same strain are charged at our standard rates.

 

 

Confidential Deposit

 

CCAP is willing to accept deposits of valuable strains for confidential safekeeping. In such cases a culture remains the property of the depositor and is available only to the depositor. Confidentially deposited strains are not listed in our publically available catalogue. For further information on this service and the charges involved, please get in touch.

 

Prices *

Perpetual (maintenance by serial subculture):

1st year GBP 500.00 Academic or non-profit / GBP 900.00 Commercial.

Subsequent years GBP 250.00 / GBP 450.00 annually.

 

Cryopreservation in Liquid Nitrogen:

1st year GBP 500.00 / GBP 900.00 GBP.

Subsequent years GBP 100.00 / GBP 100.00 annually.

 

* These are minimum prices. If the strain has a laborious/expensive culturing/cryopreserving regime, then the price will increase accordingly.

 

Procedure for depositing strains

Prospective depositors should NOT send live material to CCAP in the first instance. Deposits must be made by applying first to CCAP at the appropriate address which will give advice and/or furnish the relevant forms.

 

Supply of Cultures to Depositors

Depositors may obtain 1 culture of each strain they have deposited free of charge per calendar year. Further cultures of the same strain are charged at our standard rates.

 

 

Patent Deposit

 

CCAP is an International Depository Authority (IDA) under the 'Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedures and Regulations'. Copies of the treaty can be obtained from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, 34 Chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland. As an IDA, CCAP can accept the following organisms:

 

  • Freshwater and terrestrial algae and cyanobacteria
  • Non-pathogenic free-living protozoa
  • Marine algae and cyanobacteria, other than large seaweeds

 

Click here to download A Guide to Depositing Microorganisms with the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) Under the Terms of the Budapest Treaty. This document contains the fee schedule. Updated September 2016.

 

Procedure for depositing strains

Prospective depositors should NOT send live material to CCAP in the first instance. Deposits must be made by applying first to CCAP Administration for full information and official application and accession forms. On receipt of completed forms CCAP will determine the best method of maintaining the organism and will provide a quote.

 

Please allow sufficient time for the deposit to be processed. Patent deposits can take from several days to several weeks, depending on the cell type and condition on receipt.

 

Supply of Cultures to Depositors or Authorized Parties

The depositor, or authorised parties, are able to obtain samples for a fee.

 

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Catalogue updated: 20 September 2018