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COVID-19 Update June 15, 2020

The CPCC Technical Curator, Heather Roshon, has now been granted permission to be in the lab every Monday and Tuesday in order to begin filling and shipping new orders. In addition, orders which were placed prior to the shutdown may be shipped as soon as the customer is able to receive them. Email correspondence will continue to be monitored throughout the rest of the week. Should you wish to place an order, please contact Heather Roshon via email for further information. Please note that I am unable to receive faxes or mail at this time. Thank you.

COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

Following directives from Canadian federal and provincial governments to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the University of Waterloo has mandated that all non-critical activities be suspended as of 5:00 pm ET on Friday, March 20. At this time, any orders that have already been placed but not yet shipped will be held here at the CPCC until further notice. Emails will be monitored and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. The paperwork process for new orders will be initiated, but cultures and/or media will not be prepared or shipped until UWaterloo informs us that non-critical activities may resume. Please check this webpage for more information as I will be periodically updating it as events unfold. Thank you for your patronage and your understanding during this challenging time.

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 4, 2019.

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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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