Ordering from the Roscoff Culture Collection

  • Register for a new RCC account or sign in to an existing account. Creation of an RCC account is totally free.
  • Please see the services offered and prices
  • Every distributable strain can be added to your order using the "Add to Cart" button on the strain page.
    • Some of the strains listed as "non-distributed" can potentially be distributed under certain circumstances (see below)
  • Once you have added strains to your cart you can proceed to checkout.
  • Once the order is complete, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and a PDF file summarizing the order. Add a digital signature to the invoice document (or print, sign and scan it).
  • If it is the first time you order a strain from the RCC, please also fill in the UPMC customer form. Please send this form even if you are collaborator because you will be charged the shipping fees.
  • Send as an attachment by e-mail to the RCC (rcc@sb-roscoff.fr) :
    • the scanned invoice with your signature
    • the UPMC customer form (only if you order from us for the first time)
  • Please note that we will not ship the cultures until we have received the signed forms by e-mail.
  • An RCC Curator will then contact you by e-mail to confirm your order and to arrange shipment.
  • We will send a proforma invoice with the shipment to facilitate passage through customs in your country. This profoma invoice is the only document that we can supply. If cultures are blocked or delayed in customs, we will not resend the cultures free of charge since it is your responsability to arrange transfer through customs.
  • You will receive a bill for culture preparation fees after receiving the cultures.
  • You can then pay the invoice by Bank transfer (see attached bank information) to the Université Pierre and Marie Curie (VAT number  FR 12 197 517 220). 
    • Unfortunately we are no longer able to receive payment by credit card. 
    • Please do not transfer any money before you receive the bill from the Université Pierre and Marie Curie.

Non - distributed strains

In general, we do not distribute :

  • strains that originate from other collections. If you need strains from other collections, please order directly from the original collections.
  • mixed strains (often contaminated by heterotrophic flagellates)
  • uncharacterized strains
  • strains that are in the process of being characterized or described by RCC staff
  • strains that have been deposited in the RCC by researchers who request restriction on distribution until they have published on the strains (e.g. new species)

If you are interested in obtaining these strains, this will be through a special collaboration arrangement.  Please contact us if you are interested in non-distributed strains.