The Freshwater Algal Culture Collection (FWAC) consists of approximately 60 unialgal cultures, largely Chlorophyceae and Cyanophyceae, Xanthophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Chrysophyceae.
The Freshwater Algal Culture Collection of the Department of Botany originated with Dr. Janet Stein, who arrived at UBC in 1959. An accomplished specialist in the field of freshwater algae, she inventoried the freshwater flora of the province, and established the freshwater collection. From 1984 to 2000, the collection was curated by Carol Ann Borden, who added a number of species to the collection.
In the past only a few isolates were available distribution. Recently the entire collection has been made available.