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Pringsheim's living legacy: CCALA, CCAP, SAG and UTEX culture collections of algae

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The major service culture collections of algae form the "backbone" of the curatorial and service roles for the phycological community as a whole. Four of the largest culture collections, Culture Collection of Algae at the Laboratory of Algology (CCALA) in the Czech Republic, Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) in the UK, Culture Collection of Algae at Göttingen University (SAG) in Germany, and Culture Collection of Algae at the University of Texas at Austin (UTEX) in the USA can all trace their origins back to the pioneering work of Prof. E. G. Pringsheim. His work and the inspiration he provided to others have ensured that these collections continue to develop to fulfill the requirements of current and future generations of phycologists. This article discusses the historical developments, synergies, and ongoing contributions of these four algal collections.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2004

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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