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: November 3, 2016.

Logo designed by Daniel Hsia; photos provided courtesy of Judy Acreman, Daniel Hsia, and Mary Olaveson. Images are subject to copyright; please do not copy or reproduce them without permission.

  1. Aug. 20, 2015Price Increase Notification for Commercial Clients

    Effective Monday, September 21, 2015, the commercial cost for cultures will be increasing by CAD $5 for 15 and 30 mL volumes and by CAD $10 for 45 mL, 100 mL, 200 mL, and 500 mL volumes. Therefore, the cost for a 15 mL volume will be $180, a 30 mL volume will be $240, a 45 mL volume will be $260, a 100 mL volume will be $310, a 200 mL volume will be $360, and a 500 mL volume will be $410. We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

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