The collection currently holds more than 450 live strains and information on 27 types of red and grey snow. Though specialised on cold-adapted snow algae, the so-called cryophilic or psychrophilic algae, also some mesophilic and thermophilic algae and cyanobacteria, as well as a small number of cryophilic eubacteria, fungi and mosses are held as life cultures or in a cryopreserved state. Most snow algal strains are unique, some species are held as multiple strains, but also algae strains from other culture collections are secured as duplicate strains.
As the taxonomy of snow algae is yet poorly resolved many strains so far have been identified to genus level only. For those strains carrying a "cf." in front of the genus or species name this taxonomic name is still unclear. We are currently updating the taxonomy in cooperation with specialists for the different taxonomic groups. Most strains are clonal and axenic, i.e. in the case of algae, free from fungi or bacteria.
To browse through our strains according to their geographic origin and directly access the strain details simply click on the icons on the map below.
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