Presentation of the Roscoff Culture Collection

The Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC) is located at the "Station Biologique" in Roscoff, France. The Station Biologique is one of the oldest marine laboratories in the world and is jointly managed by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris 6). The RCC is a core service of the FR2424 and is closely linked to the Ocean Plankton group of UMR 7144.

We maintain about 3500 strains of marine phytoplankton with a traditional emphasis on pico cyanobacteria (in particular Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus), picoeucaryotes (Pelagomonas, Bolidomonas, Ostreococcus), and Haptophyta (in particular of coccolithphorids).

A large fraction of our strains have been isolated by us from various oceanic regions, while the rest have been obtained from other culture collections. Some are available for distribution, while others are still in the process of being described or studied. If you are interested in specific picoplankton groups not listed below, please contact us because we may have novel cultures recently isolated and not yet included in our listings. You can download a recent presentation of the Roscoff Culture Collection and a poster made in 2010 at the bottom of this page.

The Roscoff Culture Collection is part of the regional Souchothèque de Bretagne, funded by the French Contrat de Plan Etat-Région 2000-2006 and 2007-2011. The RCC participated to the ASSEMBLE EU FP7 research infrastructure and is now included into EMBRC (European Marine Biology Resources Center). The RCC is registrered with the World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) as WDCM829,  with the Registry of Biological Repositories and with the European Culture Collections Organization (ECCO).

All strains have a serial number (RCC) in the listing. Please use this number when referring to the strain in publications or when requesting any strain from the collection. The following citation should be used when refering to the Roscoff Culture Collection :

Vaulot D., Le Gall F., Marie D., Guillou L., Partensky F. 2004. The Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC): a collection dedicated to marine picoplankton. Nova Hedwigia 79:49-70.