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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: 01-October-2020

Update 19-October-2020:
Dear snow algae friends,
As we announced earlier, the 3rd Snow Algae Meeting (SAM) in Prague (Czech Republic) has to be postponed for 2021 due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19 epidemic.

To stay in touch, we want to organize a short (half-day) online meeting 12 November 2020 (14:00–18:00 CET). The timing can be slightly modified according to the final list of participants, we will keep you informed.
14:00–18:00 CET
= 22:00 in the evening in Japan (JST)
= 6:00 in the morning on the West Coast of the Americas (PDT)

This virtual SAM is not considered as a serious substitute of the regular SAM, but we see it as an opportunity for interested people to share their recent scientific achievements (showing a few slides) and to discuss some hot topics of snow algae research. Passive attendance is also possible. Participation is free of charge.

In case that you are interested to participate in this virtual meeting, please fill in the following form until 2 November 2020:

We are looking forward to “seeing” you soon, at least virtually!
Linda Nedbalová, Thomas Leya, Daniel Remias, Lenka Procházková & Jana Kvíderová

P.S. Please do not forget that we shall hopefully meet for the regular SAM on 11–12 November 2021. The venue stays the same as originally planned for 2020 – the historical building of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the centre of Prague.

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Dr. Thomas Leya
CCCryo - Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae
Fraunhofer IZI-BB
Am Muehlenberg 13
14476 Potsdam-Golm
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