A Research Coordination Network for ex situ Microbial Germplasm Collections sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
USCCN News and Activities
Announcing the USCCN 2014 UC Davis Meeting:
The USCCN will meet on September 24-25, 2014. Our goal is to reinforce ties between culture collections and genome biology, to ensure best practices in maintaining and distributing microbial resources associated with genomics research. Contact any member of the RCN Steering Committee
for more information.
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
2013 NRRL Workshop: The RCN held a workshop at the USDA ARS Collection at Peoria, Illinois (NRRL) on May 30 - 31. This meeting focused on engagement of stakeholders from academic, government and industry research.
2012 FGSC Meeting: 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 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).