Canadian Phycological Culture Centre


The Canadian Phycological Culture Centre (CPCC) at the University of Waterloo was formerly known as the University of Toronto Culture Collection of Algae and Cyanobacteria (UTCC). As Canada's national service collection the centre maintains around 400 strains of microalgae, cyanobacteria, and Lemna spp. (common duckweed).

Our clients use algae, cyanobacteria, and duckweed for many different reasons, including as a food source for invertebrates, ecotoxicity testing, and research into biofuels, toxins, and algal physiology in extreme environments.

Fee-based services include the provision of living cultures and culture medium, consultation/training in algal culturing techniques, and safe-deposit of research strains. Time-permitting, isolation of algae and cyanobacteria from field samples may also be available.

The collection was founded in 1987 and since then has provided research quality cultures and related services to over 900 users in educational institutions, government and commercial laboratories in 30 countries. In August 2008, the facility moved to the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo from its former location at University of Toronto. Two University of Waterloo faculty members, Drs. Kirsten Müller and Ralph Smith, are on the CPCC Advisory Committee and have provided space and administrative support for the facility.

Services available

Please visit the CPCC website for information pertaining to the cultures, culture medium, training workshops, and additional services available. Payment options and pricing are provided on our website under ordering information and fees. Please also review the culturing information and terms and conditions sections of our website prior to placing your order. Placing an order indicates your understanding and acceptance of the Material Transfer Agreement. Please direct enquiries to the Technical Curator, Heather Roshon.


The centre is located in the Department of Biology buildings: Rooms Biology 2-244 (office), Biology 2-245, and Biology 2-246. Further information is available on the CPCC website.

Name: Heather Roshon


Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext 36114