The listed price of $30.00 for cultures and plasmids is for academic and non-profit users. Commercial and for-profit users are charged $300.00 for each strain or plasmid and twice the listed price for media components.

For the Jonikas CLiP mutants, the price is $100.00 each for academic and non-profit users and commercial and for-profit users are charged $1000.00. Subscriptions cannot be used for CLiP mutants.

Prices are set by the Chlamydomonas Resource Center Advisory Committee.

100% of funds collected from sales through the Chlamydomonas Resource Center, including reagents, traditional “CC” strains and CLiP mutant strains, teaching kits, etc. goes to the operation of the Center.

High schools and primary undergraduate institutions will receive a 50% discount on everything (excluding teaching kits and shipping) if used in a teaching lab. Please contact us for details.

We offer two methods of payment processing after you place your order: using a credit card through our secure site or invoice/purchase order. We strongly encourage you to pay using a credit card, as it will expedite processing. If you choose invoice/purchase order, our accountant will email you within a week with further instructions for payment. Payment using this method can be made via credit card, check or bank transfer. Due to fees incurred during bank transfers, there will be a $28.00 flat fee for all bank transfer transactions. To avoid this charge, consider paying with a credit card or check when you receive the invoice.


We typically ship using FedEx Standard Overnight or FedEx International Priority. Within the United States the cost is $35.00, Canada is $65.00 and $85.00 worldwide. These prices reflect a significant discount that the U of MN receives from FedEx. If you would like to use your own FedEx account, enter your FedEx account number at checkout and we will omit the shipping charge after the order is placed.

We offer two methods of shipping to China, FedEx and USPS. USPS packages cannot be reliably tracked once outside the US. Please let us know what shipping method you prefer.

We offer free replacements if the cultures do not grow. A replacement request can only be made within 4 weeks of receiving the strains.

We are no longer able to provide free replacements if the package is intercepted and held by customs. Strains that do not reach their destination will need to be reordered.

When we receive your order, it is processed within 1-2 weeks. Shipping in the United States takes 1 day and 2 to 7 days worldwide.

Cultures are shipped live on sterile 2 ml agar mini slants containing YA medium.

Most plasmids are transformed into E. coli grown on an agar plug and are shipped in a sterile tube.

A quarantine permit is required for shipment to Australia, New Zealand, or Hawaii. Some customs officials may ask for a phytosanitary permit, but because Chlamydomonas is not a plant, the United States Department of Agriculture cannot issue a permit. Also, there is no MSDS available for our cultures or plasmids. Click for a downloadable document stating Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Escherichia coli are laboratory strains that are non-hazardous, non-pathogenic and used only for in vitro research. This should satisfy most customs officials. The Chlamydomonas Resource Center does not require a Materials Transfer Agreement for anything we offer.