Canadian Phycological Culture Centre
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo ON, Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext 36114
Fax: (519) 746-0614
Due to the frequency of telephone and email requests for detailed information we are implementing a consultation fee for this service. There will now be a charge for time spent on these consultations in excess of 15 minutes at a rate of $48/hour for non-profit clients and $60/hour for commercial clients billed in 15 minute increments.
Safe-deposit of cultures
The CPCC will maintain cultures on a confidential basis for a fee which varies according to the strain.
If the material is sent to us as cryopreserved, the charge for deposit, storage, and withdrawal is on a per vial basis (please see list of fees). Cryopreserved material will be shipped on dry ice via overnight courier and will incur a shipping surcharge. Large quantities of cryopreserved vials (>50) may be eligible for a price reduction.
If not cryopreserved, the minimum charge is $200 per year; this may increase if the culture requires frequent subculturing (>6 times/year) and/or requires media not currently used by the CPCC. The charge will be evaluated ~ 4 months after receipt of the actively-growing culture. Once annually, the depositor will be eligible to receive one subculture of each strain at half-price plus shipping if so desired.
Please note that due to time constraints and loss of funding, cryopreserved material is preferred but live material may be considered. Before sending any material for deposit please contact the curator for further information.
Routine deposit of cultures
Researchers who have isolated strains from areas of interest to the CPCC may request to deposit these strains provided the following conditions are met:
- the strain must be either axenic or at least unialgal/unicyanobacterial
- it should be identified to species if possible
- the depositor agrees that the strain be made available to the research community without restriction
Please note that due to time constraints and loss of funding, acceptance of new strains to the CPCC will be limited. Prior to sending cultures to CPCC please contact the curator. If accepted, completed accession forms must be provided prior to shipping or accompany the shipment of cultures.
Custom-isolation of algae and cyanobacteria
If you require an isolation of a species from a particular location, CPCC may be able to provide this service. Fresh field samples would be sent by the researcher to the facility with details of the collection. Charges are for materials and time at $75 per hour. A typical fee could be as little as $600 for an organism which is relatively easy to isolate and culture. Axenic cultures would incur additional charges. Time frames for producing a usable culture from single cells can be from 2-6 months. Please contact the curator for more information.
Taxonomic identification of algae and cyanobacteria
Where time and expertise permits, taxonomic analysis may be performed on samples of algae and cyanobacteria to class or genera. Requests for identification to species will be forwarded to appropriate taxonomic specialists in Canada or the US. Analysis is performed via microscopic examination of live and/or preserved material. Further information may be obtained from the curator.