The Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa at The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban held a 2-day course for beginners in algal culturing techniques on 30-31 October. The course received funding from PHYCONET which allowed members of the NIBB in the UK to register free for the training course and accommodation. Attended by 7 students and 5 researchers, the participants were introduced to a variety of concepts linked to factors affecting algal growth, including nutrition, feeding of cultures and the role of photosynthesis, with reference to biomass, biochemical composition and the implications this has to algal culturing. Both micro and macroalgae were covered by the course and how algal biotechnology is now developing at a research level but also the potential it has commercially. This was delivered by a mixture of CCAP, SAMS lecturing and early stage researchers.
The course was designed to have a large practical component which was delivered in the CCAP laboratory and utilised equipment from around SAMS. CCAP staff delivered these practical elements which linked to the topics covered by the presentations.  Topics covered included: media prep, sub-culturing, isolation, enumeration using everything from plate readers through to flow cyctometer and mass culturing methods.

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