USCCN News and Activities
US Culture Collection Network fall 2014 meeting report accepted and online at Applied and Environmental Microbiology
USCCN 2015 NCGRP Meeting:
The USCCN will hold a meeting October 13-14 at the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation
. The focus of this meeting will be preserving Endangered or Orphaned collections. The following collections are confirmed:
Invited presentations include:Christopher M. Richards
, USDA NCGRP- How do you decide what to keep?Jan E. Leach
, CSU Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management- The phytobiome and needs of culture collection stakeholders.
Barbara J.B. Johnson
, CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Fort Collins, CO.
Please contact any of the Steering Committee
members for more information or if you would like to attend. Support for attendance may be available.
USCCN 2014 UC Davis Meeting:
The USCCN met on September 24-25, 2014 and reinforced ties between culture collections and genome biology, to ensure best practices in maintaining and distributing microbial resources associated with genomics research. Nearly 50 participants enjoyed presentations from collections including the FGSC, NCMA, FRC, the UTEX algal collection, and the CCME collection, now at PNNL. Additional presentations were given emphasizing large scale genome projects utilizing culture collection resources including the 1000 Fungal Genome project, the 100K bacterial genome project, GEBA, and the mollicutes collection. The Phaff Yeast Culture Collection hosted the meeting in collaboration with the UCD wine yeast and bacteria collection. Tours of the Robert Mondavi Institute and the UC Davis teaching and research winery in the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery building, the Bohart Entomological collection and the UCD Museum of wildlife and fish biology.
2014 Penn State Workshop:
The USCCN held a workshop focusing on regulatory affairs at Penn State University
on May 19-20, 2014. Twenty-two scientists, including 12 new participants, engaged in discussions on permitting, materials transfer agreements (MTAs), and best practices regarding sharing cultures. World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC)
President Philippe Desmeth of the Belgian Coordination of Collections of Microorganisms (BCCM)
presented on the TRUST initative, making recommendations regarding fulfilling due diligence according to the Conventions on Biological diversity (CBD)
. Workshop participants toured some of Penn State's outstanding culture collection facilities, including the E. coli Reference Center
in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
, Fusarium Research Center, Mushroom Spawn Lab and Verticillium Collections in the The Department of Plant and Environmental Microbiology
This three-day meeting included an afternoon outreach event attended by over 75 local High School students. The following days included input by diverse stake-holders from 25 different academic, government, and commercial entities. For many, it marked their first visit to a collection other than their own.