National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA)

June 11, 2024

Collection Website

Organizational structure

Private non-profit

Collection Institution/Entity

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Staff working with the Collection


Collection Contact

Michael Lomas

Position of Collection contact

NCMA Director

Collection Email

Collection Phone

1-207-315-2567 x3

Collection can be contacted


  • Has continued institutional support
  • Interested in Culture Collections Exchange
  • Interested in working with samples from different repositories
  • Interested in Collaborative Programs
  • Ability to accept orphan collections
  • Collection contains sequencing data
  • Collection contains reference strains

Collection Category

Publicly available (qualified curator, collection management policies, microbial specimens, a database of collection information, an online strain catalog, and distributes strains to the scientific community)

Capacity to accept orphan collections

open for discussion on possible paths forward for larger collections (must be cryopreservable), smaller collections in perpetual culture can be discussed.

Collection follows best management practice guideline

OECD Best Practices Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres (, World Federation for Culture Collections Guidelines (

Organisms in Collection

Bacteria, Algae

Sequencing data in collection

some of our strains are sequenced and data can be found in GenBank or linked from our strain pages.

Training opportunities provided by Collection

Culture Collection management (e.g. quality control procedures, databases, etc., Culturing and preservation methods (including cryopreservation)

Funding Sources for Research performed with Collection specimens

Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Availability and distribution mechanisms

Fee per strain for distribution

Services provided by Collection

Patent deposits, Storage service (safe deposit), Strain isolation/taxonomic identification, Custom material preparation (such as genomic DNA/RNA), Contract screening

Consultations provided by Collection

Patent deposits, Preservation

Host Associations in Collection


Research fields relevant to Collection

Agriculture, Cell biology, Taxonomy