Cawthron Institute
98 Halifax Street East
Private Bag 2
Nelson 7042
PH +64 3 548 2319
Fax: +64 3 546 9464

Welcome to Cawthron Institute’s Culture Collection of Micro-algae (CICCM)

The Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Micro-algae (CICCM) is a collection of mainly toxic micro-algae. The collection underpins government funded harmful algal bloom (HAB) and biotoxin research at Cawthron Institute, including the Seafood Safety programme and the Managing Lethal Algal Blooms programme and also underpins many international research projects. The nationally significant collection has developed steadily over nearly three decades. Several species are unique to New Zealand and other more cosmopolitan species have unique toxin profiles.

To see Culture Collection full list of species go to Culture Search and click FIND.

For more information contact culture collection curator Krystyna Ponikla (Krystyna.Ponikla[at]


Straws of cryopreserved micro-algae