Welcome to Canadian Phycological Culture Centre

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: May 1, 2017.

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  1. Apr. 20, 2017Price Increase Notification for Canadian Shipments

    Please note that as of Monday, May 1, 2017, the base Shipping & Handling fee for Canadian shipments on all new orders placed with the Canadian Phycological Culture Centre will be increasing from $20 to $25. Prices for larger volumes will also increase accordingly at a rate of $5 per additional L. Please see our updated List of Fees on May 1 for more details. We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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