Welcome to Canadian Phycological Culture Centre


  1. New prices for commercial client culture purchases will be in effect September 21, 2015. Read more
  2. CPCC Vacation Closure September 22-28, 2015: The CPCC will be closed for vacation from Tuesday, September 22 at noon to Monday, September 28, inclusive. During that time, I will have very limited access to emails but will respond to your order/email as soon as possible upon my return. Thank you for your patronage.

Welcome to the Canadian Phycological Culture Centre (CPCC), formerly known as the University of Toronto Culture Collection of Algae and Cyanobacteria (UTCC). Founded in 1987, the CPCC provides research quality cultures, culture medium, and other related services to educational institutions, government and commercial laboratories worldwide.

Housed at the University of Waterloo in the Department of Biology, the CPCC is internationally recognized as a major service collection of living freshwater algal, cyanobacterial and Lemna spp. (duckweed) cultures. Strains are often used for environmental research and biotechnology applications including:

  • a potential source of biofuels and natural novel products
  • carbon sequestration
  • bioremediation
  • bio-control and toxic effects of cyanobacteria
  • toxin detection methods
  • algal bloom studies
  • ecotoxicity testing
  • physiology and molecular basis of metal toxicity and tolerance in algae
  • the impact of ultra-violet radiation on algae
  • taxonomic identification of algae by DNA barcoding
  • taste and odour problems in drinking water
  • aesthetic landscaping (i.e., algae gardens)

Last updated: August 20, 2015.

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