The Collection functions as the national service collection of algae and protozoa in the UK.
CCAP currently maintains over 2500 strains of algae and protozoa, comprising:
• a wide range of microalgal taxa, including the cyanobacteria
• small thalloid red algae
• a range of small multicellular seaweeds, including over 300 strains of Ectocarpus
• free-living non-pathogenic protozoa
• a small number of ACDP Class II, potentially pathogenic protozoa (all Acanthamoeba spp.)