Description

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) is housed at the Hobart laboratories of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

The collection consists of 1000 strains of more than 300 microalgae species. These are listed in the Collection Strain Database.

Aligned with the collection is the CSIRO Microalgae Supply Service which provides microalgal strains as 'starter cultures' to industry, research organisations and universities in more than 50 countries. The service is the supplier of starter cultures to the Australian aquaculture industry, for which microalgae are the essential first foods for larval and juvenile animals.

Biodiversity research

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) is one of the CSIRO's National Biological Collections, which contribute to the goal of providing practical, science-based solutions to halt biodiversity decline in Australia.

In this context, the algae collection is a resource for research on algal diversity, distribution, richness and taxonomic relationships, including those of economic importance and environmental concern.

It supports information sharing for research, community benefit, policy development and conservation, and contributes to international endeavours including the Network of Asia-Oceania Algal Culture Collections and the Barcode of Life.

Bioapplications of algae

Research associated with the Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) has shown Australian microalgae to have unique chemical, molecular and physiological characteristics.

This biodiversity is displayed in a range of bioactive compounds that have medical, human health, aquafeed and energy applications.

Environmental applications

More than 200 strains in the algae collection are coastal marine, estuarine and freshwater species responsible for harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Research into life histories, phytoplankton dynamics, nutrient interactions, genetic typing and gene expression, and control of toxin production with these strains is used to improve biogeochemical models and aid environmental management.

Projects in this area are investigating algal-bacterial interactions in HAB development and toxicity and developing target genes to be incorporated in biological sensors designed to detect functional processes of ecological significance.

Algal Culture Facility

The algae collection is housed in a purpose-built, Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service AQIS accredited algal culture facility consisting of controlled-environment rooms and cabinets.

Algal culture technologies range from small to large laboratory scale and include fermenters and 50-litre photobioreactors. Associated analytical facilities provide advanced algal research capacity.

Taxonomic range

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection includes members from the following taxa:
The collection consists of 1000 strains of more than 300 microalgae species..

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Australian National Algae Culture Collection is 1,000.

Click the Records & Statistics tab to access those database records that are available through the atlas.

Metadata last updated on 2010-12-07 16:45:36.0

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Flasks of living microalgae at the ANACC.

Location

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Castray Esplande
Hobart
Tas 7000

Contact

Dr Susan Blackburn
Head of Australian National Algae Culture Collection
phone: (03) 6232 5307
email this contact

Mr Ian Jameson
Curator
phone: 03 6232 5117
email this contact

Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Collections of Microorganisms (CHACM)

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Australian National Algae Culture Collection has an estimated 1,000 specimens.

No database records for this collection can be accessed through the Atlas of Living Australia.

No records are available for viewing in the Atlas.

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