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UTEX Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas Living Algae Holdings

Latest version published by Culture Collection of Algae at University of Texas at Austin on Jan 13, 2016 Culture Collection of Algae at University of Texas at Austin

The Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas at Austin (UTEX) is a successor to a collection of algal cultures begun in the 1920s by E.G. Pringsheim. Richard C. Starr studied with Pringsheim in 1953 at Cambridge, U.K, where he was provided nearly 400 strains of green algae to serve as the basis for the Indiana University Culture Collection of Algae (IUCC). This Collection of living algae was expanded, diversified, and then moved to its present site as UTEX in 1976. R. Starr served as Director of UTEX from its inception until 1998, after which Jerry Brand has served as Director. The IUCC was first funded by Indiana University and the Eli Lilly Corporation. Cultures of living algae were provided to requesters free of charge for pure research and educational purposes, at the discretion of the Director. NSF support was begun in approximately 1963, when the Collection became a public repository and a modest charge for cultures was implemented. The majority of funding for UTEX operational costs is obtained through the sales of products and services, but the Collection is also supported by the National Science Foundation and The University of Texas at Austin. UTEX houses approximately 3,000 distinct strains of living algae. Most strains are microscopic unicells, filaments, or colonial algae isolated from soil and freshwater. However, UTEX also maintains marine and macrophytic algal strains. The majority of strains are obligate photoautotrophs, but the Collection also houses a number of facultative and obligate heterotrophs. The green algae are disproportionately represented. However, all major taxa of algae are represented in the Collection. Over 85% of UTEX strains are unique to this collection. UTEX currently maintains 470 type species, approximately half of which are also maintained in one or more other publicly-accessible collections. All UTEX strains are unialgal. Approximately 20% are currently maintained axenically on agar slants. Others are cultured in liquid media, typically carrying small amounts of bacteria. All strains of algae maintained at UTEX are from natural sources. UTEX does not currently include patented or proprietary stock. This allows UTEX to send cultures to users with a minimum of legal restrictions. The UTEX web site (URL www.utex.org), updated weekly, includes a complete listing of available UTEX stock cultures, organized alphabetically by genus and numerically by accession number.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 2,813 records.

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Versions

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How to cite

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Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas Living Algae Holdings (UTEX)

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Culture Collection of Algae at University of Texas at Austin. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 70fc5154-6019-4d96-b9a7-fdce469d0260.  Culture Collection of Algae at University of Texas at Austin publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.

Keywords

Occurrence; Algae; Microalgae; Protist; Cyanobacteria; Macroalgae; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

David Nobles
Curator
The Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas at Austin 205 W. 24th St. Stop A6700 78712-1240 Austin TX US 512.232.1834
http://www.utex.org/
Stephen Peña
Culture Collection Manager
The Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas at Austin 205 W. 24th St. Stop A6700 78712-1240 Austin TX 512.232.1833
http://www.utex.org/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

David Nobles
Curator
The Culture Collection of Algae at The University of Texas at Austin 205 W. 24th St. Stop A6700 78712-1240 Austin TX US 512.232.1834
http://www.utex.org/

Who filled in the metadata:

Joanna McCaffrey
Biodiversity Informatics Manager
iDigBio 32611 Gainesville FL

Who else was associated with the resource:

User

Geographic Coverage

The UTEX Collection includes specimens from around the world.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1892-01-01 / 2015-01-01

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.idigbio.org/resource?r=utex