As well as living starter cultures and safe deposits, CCAP can also offer users the following services: taxonomy and molecular sequencing, DNA extracts, algal/protistan culturing advice, training and more.
Starting in September 2021, we welcome Dr Michael (Mikey) Ross to the CCAP team as Delivery Manager. Mikey is a phycologist with an interest in all things algae. To date, he has cultivated algae for a variety of purposes including aquaculture feed, bioenergy, bioremediation of nutrients and heavy metals, CO2 sequestration, and for the production of high-value compounds. Mikey’s main role within CCAP will be to manage and authorise the CCAP budget and ensure delivery of contracts and reporting; he also will have overall responsibility for the new CCAP-ARIES facility.
As well as his role in CCAP, Mikey is also a Senior Researcher in Algal Biotechnology within SAMS and is working on several algae projects.
The end of an era; Christine Campbell MBE retired today after 35 years working for CCAP and SAMS, from curator to CCAP Head of Facility. Christine has been awarded a SAMS Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her contribution and so will not be leaving entirely!
Among gifts from CCAP colleagues was a framed picture of three algal strains Christine isolated herself, one collected from her garden pond – a source of several CCAP freshwater strains!
We wish Christine a long and happy retirement, she will be missed.
Welcome to CCAP’s new website and webshop. This new site should be fully responsive and viewable on all sizes of screen and has a new shop which allows us to expand our range of products and payment options. If you have any problems navigating the site or spot any errors or glitches please contact us on email@example.com
Visit our new CCAP Bioinformatics Gateway – easy access to CCAP sequence data. This is a central platform allowing users to browse and access sequences, meta-data and results – view taxonomy, phylogenetic trees, or BLAST a sequence, as well as listing references citing CCAP strains.
CCAP – ARIES: Algae Research, Innovation and Environmental Science Centre
Algal biotechnology is an exciting field of applied phycology and CCAP is extending its services to accommodate this growing area. In 2021 we will be expanding our service with a new facility for users. The Algal Research, Innovation and Environmental Science Centre (ARIES) will offer new analytical capability with the capacity to grow and harvest 100s of litres of culture and carry out metabolomic and genomic analyses.
CCAP has five recent publications covering the systematics and ecology of Coleps and Ulvophyceae; exploring the chemical diversity of macro- and microalgae; the patenting of mcicroalgae and cryopreservation of the blastocladialeanpathogen Paraphysoderma:
Darienko T, Rad-Menéndez C, Campbell CN & Pröschold T (2021) Molecular phylogeny of unicellular marine coccoid green algae revealed new insights into the systematics of the Ulvophyceae (Chlorophyta). Microorganisms, 9(8):1586. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9081586
Pröschold T, Rieser D, Darienko T, Nachbaur L, Kammerlander B, Qian K, Pitsch G, Bruni E, Qu Z, Forster D, Rad-Menéndez C, Posch T, Stoeck T & Sonntag B (2021) An integrative approach sheds new light onto the systematics and ecology of the widespread ciliate genus Coleps (Ciliophora, Prostomatea). Scientific Reports, 11:5916. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-84265-y
Hughes AH, Magot F, Tawfike A, Rad-Menéndez C, Thomas N, Young LC, Stucchi L, Carettoni D, Stanley MS, Edrada-Ebel R & Duncan KR (2021) Exploring the chemical space of macro- and micro-algae using comparative metabolomics. Microorganisms, 9: 311. DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9020311
Strittmatter M, Rad-Menéndez C & Gachon CMM (2020) Cryopreservation of the parasitic and saprophytic life stages of the blastocladialean pathogen Paraphysoderma sedebokerense infecting the green algae Haematococcus pluvialis and Scenedesmus dimorphus. Phycologia 59(6): 566-570. DOI: 10.1080/00318884.2020.1827825