Extreme Environment Algae are strains of terrestrial algae collected
from various extreme environments such as Antarctica and
the Gobi Desert. This collection maintained by Dr. Imre Friedmann
has been deposited in the Culture Collection of
Algae at The University of Texas. These strains have now been cryopreserved
and are maintained in indefinite storage under liquid nitrogen. Some of
them are well documented and their characteristics described; others have
only been identified to family. Information on the documented strains will
be added to this web site as time permits.
Upon request, a living culture of the requested
strain will be thawed and shipped in agar, in the same
2-mL cryovial in within which it was cryopreserved. The
identifying number of the requested strain should be prefixed with
"EE". The requested
culture may be ordered in the same way as other cultures are ordered.
Representative photos of EE 150 are displayed as thumbnails below. The extreme
environment algae collection was deposited in 2003 and formally accessioned into
UTEX February 2005.