ACUF maintains living cultures of algae in liquid or on agar slants. To preserve the viability of strains, the cultures are periodically transferred to fresh culture media previously sterilized.

Presently, over 700 strains of living microalgae and  cyanobacteria are cultivated in the ACUF collection. The culture strains were isolated mainly from terrestrial habitats, with a focus on thermo- acidic environments.

Most representative taxonomic groups  presently held in collection

- About 300  strains of Cyanidiophyceae from different regions of  America, Asia and Europe
- Marine and freshwater Chlorophyta and Bacillariophyta
- A good number of green algae and cyanobacterial aeroterrestrial strains

Visit our Online-catalogue to search for strains.

Algal cultures are available for research, but also for education and environmental applications. The availability of strains can not always be guaranteed. Cultures for commercial interests  can be sent after  a specific agreement  under the regulations of University Federico II of Naples.

Strains are provided without any warranty, expressed or implied, including the durability of the material. Recipient assumes all legal responsibility from use, storage or disposal of the strains and agrees to not hold ACUF responsible for any resulting consequences. ACUF does not assume any responsibility against claims of third parties from environment, product or producer responsibility or other responsibility arising from the strains.

In addition to maintain and supply cultures, other services are provided:

- DNA extracts from algal cultures
- Isolation of algal strains
- Starter cultures for aquaculture and biotechnology
- Cultures for bioassay testing
- High resolution images

For further information, please contact the ACUF staff.

How to Order

Submit an order form to ACUF by e-mail directly from the website, fully completing each section. To know the price quotation of a strain, send an email, including  strain names and numbers,  quantities, details about your Institution or Company and your geographic provenance. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Depositing Strains

Criteria for accepting new strains into the ACUF Collection.

Unialgal strains that the depositor considers to have some interesting properties, and that can be cultured under the conditions presently offered by ACUF, can be taken into account. The strain must be identified, preferably to the species level.

For further information, please send This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the ACUF staff.