Department Experimental Phycology and Culture Collection of Algae (EPSAG)

Department Experimental Phycology and Culture Collection of Algae (EPSAG)

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Algae are important primary producers in almost all ecosystems and comprise an enormous phylogenetic diversity

The SAG Culture Collection of Algae (Sammlung von Algenkulturen der Universität Göttingen)

Algae include photosynthetically active eukaryotes and the prokaryotic cyanobacteria as well. The department EPSAG with the SAG Culture Collection focuses on the Biodiversity of Algae in research and education.
- is a comprehensive biological resource centre of living culture material of microalgae and is among the three largest algal service collections in the world. It is supporting the scientific, biotechnological and educational communities worldwide by its various services and curatorial roles. They include expert knowledge on the ex situ conservation, isolation as well as identification of micro algae.


SZ newspaper article: "Virtuosen des Lebens" (virtuosos of life)

Article in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" about the history of algae and our institute. In collaboration with Dr. Maike Lorenz. SZ from 4.05.2019, category "Wissen".


Open position for Master Thesis

Culture-independent evaluation of distribution patterns of yellow-green algae (Xanthophyceae)


International Postgraduate Course on the Biodiversity of Terrestrial Algae and Cyanobacteria

Professor Thomas Friedl and Dr. Nataliya Rybalka were teaching together with chilean colleagues an International Advanced Postgraduate Course at Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), Valdivia, 25.02. – 02.03.2019. Topic of the course was "Molecular analysis of terrestrial and freshwater cyanobacterial/algal communities in pristine temperate rainforest, Southern Chile“.

More about the course: announcement and report on UACh’s website
More about the presentation connected to the course (supported by )

Usage of the EPSAG library

Information on the use of the EPSAG library "Handbibliothek" can be found at this link.

"Algae are all-rounders"

Interview with the Deutschen Umwelthilfe with Professor Thomas Friedl: Why are algae so fascinating? (in german only)