The Marine Biological Association (MBA) and The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) are delighted to announce that they are jointly running the 3rd International Marine Phytoplankton Identification Workshop in July 2014. For further details click here.
The main Plymouth Collection consists of some 400 strains from 80 genera of marine phytoplankton. Of the strains in the main collection, approximately 65 are held in common with CCAP (Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa) in Oban (as a result of the donation to Cambridge in the early 1970′s). Many Plymouth strains are not held by any other collection in the world. In addition to the main collection, there is also a collection of clones of the coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi (Lohmann) Hay & Mohler, assembled over recent years as part of a major international research programme. New stains isolated from local plankton samples and phytoplankton blooms are also added to the Collection from time to time.
The Collection plays an essential role in many research programmes funded by the NERC and EC. Fellows of and visitors to the MBA and PML (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) have utilised the Collection for their research. In addition, about half of all requests for cultures come from outside academic institutes and commercial users worldwide.
In order to facilitate access to the materials in the Plymouth Culture Collection, we are currently developing a website with searchable database and on-line order forms. We also welcome research visits from phycologists and others interested in utilising the Collection. For younger researchers, some financial assistance may be available through the Mary Parke Fund.