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 (IZI) at its Branch for Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses (IZI-BB) in Potsdam-Golm near Berlin in the division of Cellular Biotechnology. 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 IZI-BB please refer to the website of the institution's workgroup 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: 30 June 2016 - now containing information on Chlamydomonas nivalis cysts (cannot be ordered however)
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Dr. Thomas Leya
CCCryo - Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae
Am Muehlenberg 13
Fax: +49 (0)331-58187-199 or -399