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Welcome to the CCCryo website and our online catalogue. The Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae is hosted at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology at its Branch for Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses (IZI-BB) in Potsdam-Golm near Berlin. The CCCryo is specialised on cryophilic freshwater and permafrost microalgae from polar and alpine environments, the so-called snow algae. First strains were collected on an expedition to Spitsbergen in 1999 and since then research on the phylogeny, ecology, and adaptations of this group of extremophiles is being performed at our institute.

The CCCryo serves as a bioresource of extremophiles for public and industrial research. Strains may be ordered via these websites. For detailed information on current studies performed at the IZI-BB please refer to the website of the institution's group Extremophile Research.

WFCC and other database resources
The CCCryo is registered at the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) as WDCM940. We are also dataset providers for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

Last database update: 8-May-2020

Next Snow Algae Meeting
The 3rd SAM2020 will take place from 12-13 November 2020 at the Czech Academy of Sciences right in the centre of Prague. It will be organised by colleagues from the Charles University in Prague. Further infos will follow. - Save the date!

Update 18-May-2020:
We were hoping to see you all at the 3rd Snow Algae Meeting (SAM) held from 12-13 November 2020 in Prague. Unfortunately, it is now quite sure that the disturbances and some form of travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 will persist until autumn, which might prevent some of you from coming.
Therefore, we decided, after long hesitation, to postpone the meeting.
Here are the new dates: 11-12 November 2021. The venue stays the same - the historical building of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the centre of Prague.
To stay in touch with the current development of snow algae research, we are thinking about organising a short online meeting on one of originally planned days this November. Further information will follow.

On behalf of the organizing committee
Thomas Leya
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Dr. Thomas Leya
CCCryo - Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae
Fraunhofer IZI-BB
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