Biocenter Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden
University of Hamburg - Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences - Department of Biology
Section Cell Biology and Phycology
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Culture Collection of Microalgae and Zygnematophyceae:
  • Our department holds the Microalgae and Zygnematophyceae Collection Hamburg (MZCH-SVCK) with over 550 living strains. Focus of the collection are Zygnematophyceae, especially Desmidiaceae, with multiple isolates collected from different continents. The Zygnematophyceae collection, formerly SVCK (ENGELS & MIX 1980, MIX 1973), is part of the Global Biodiversity Information facility and serves as reference strain collection for studies on evolution of streptophytes, ecophysiological adaptations in microalgae and the influence of climate change.

    Strains can be requested for research and education purposes and a handling fee will be charged. The acceptance of a Material Transfer Agreement is necessary before the material can be sent out. Commercial use of algae or their derivatives is strictly excluded without further agreements. In any publication where strains of our culture collection are used, University Hamburg as well as the collection acronym MZCH-SVCK and the strain number(s) should be mentioned. We appreciate to receive a reprint or PDF of the publications.

Micrastrerias rotata Cultures of zygnematophyceae Strain collection


  • Delivery and deposition of algae strains for research and teaching
  • Applied reseaerch on algae culture techniques
  • catalog of strains / order
    Impressum   /  14-5-2012  /   Klaus von Schwartzenberg  Dieter Hanelt  Rolf Bergmann   /  http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/bzf/zeph/zephsvcke.htm