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The RCN for Microbial Germplasm Collections established this website to share information and promote our efforts. Please use the tabs across the top to view different content describing the activities and collections in the US Culture Collection Network.

The USCCN will hold a workshop on regulatory affairs at Penn State University May 19-20, 2014.  Please contact Kevin McCluskey or any member of the steering committee if you are interested in participating. There is no fee to participate and support may be available upon approval by the USCCN Steering Committee.

Our second meeting was held October 2013 at the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The focus was on shared informatics resources for culture collections. The agenda is available online. This meeting included a public outreach event, welcoming local residents to hear about model organisms in biological research

The USCCN held its first meeting at the Fungal Genetics Stock Center at Kansas City in September 2012.
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.

Three steering committee members participated in the October 2012 launch of the European Microbial Research Resource Infrastructure project at Braunschweig, Germany.

The RCN held a workshop at the USDA ARS Collection at Peoria, Illinois (NRRL) on May 30 - 31. 

Later in 2013, participants from the USCCN will attend the 13th International Conference on Culture Collections in Beijing, China.

The USCCN effort, bringing together researchers from collections of every type of microbial germplasm, is being described as an example of community collaboration (NSF and ESA).