Depositing Strains

If you are interested to deposit an algal strain at the SAG please contact us.

Strains that can be considered for accession by the SAG need to meet some minimum criteria:

  • the strain should be of particular interest in taxonomy, biotechnology or other research areas. For example, it may represent a new species (authentic strain), exhibit unique morphological or physiological characteristics or was isolated from an extreme or unusual habitat.
  • the strain has to be unialgal; axenic strains are preferred.
  • the strain should be identified, preferably to species level.
  • it is essential that sufficient information is provided with the strain, i.e. about its origin (description of the locality), date of isolation, name of person who isolated the strain, taxonomic position and culture conditions, preferably in form of a publication.
  • the culture conditions for the strain meet or are close to existing cultivation procedures.

Compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing

SAG follows The MIRRI Best Practice Manual on Access and Benefit Sharing (download here)

Depositors have a responsibility to show due diligence to determine if the material to be deposited at SAG is within the scope of the Nagoya Protocol (NP) on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).

Before completing the Accession Form, please check if your strain falls within the scope of the Nagoya Protocol.

This is esp. important for material that was collected later then 11th of Oct 2014 in a country that is party to the Nagoya Protocol. Further informations about the Nagoya Protocol and national/ international legislation incl. national contact points can be found on the webpages of the ABS clearing house.

After receipt of a new strain considered for accession, it will receive a temporary SAG strain number until it is accepted for the permanent collection. Then it will receive a unique and immutable strain number. Subsequently it will be listed in the public SAG catalogue and made available to the public.