cryoboxEDITED.jpgA Research Coordination Network for ex situ Microbial Germplasm Collections sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Our mission is to facilitate the safe and responsible utilization of microbial resources for research, education, industry, medicine, and agriculture for the betterment of humankind

USCCN News​ and Activities

The USCCN held a meeting in February 2017 to discuss the impact of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing on US culture collections.

The agenda is available online

The USCCN is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Laboratory Internship program.  Please see
this page for more information on participating in this educational activity.

The USCCN supported participation in the SciColl International workshop on Food Security in September, 2016

Three USCCN steering committee members participated in the 50th Anniversary of the World Data Centre for Microorganism and symposium

A review of current collection statuses and report on our 2015 meeting at the USDA NCGRP is now published online at Phytopathology

2016 NSF CSBR Hiatus

Please see for a USCCN response to the hiatus in accepting proposals in the CSBR program.

Please consider generating a pseudo h-index to demonstrate the impact of your collection.  A guide to generate the pseudo h-index is available online here

USCCN 2015 NCGRP Meeting:

The USCCN held a meeting October 13-14, 2015 at the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation. The focus of this meeting was preserving Endangered or Orphaned collections. A meeting report and USCCN review is now available in Phytopathology 

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. 
US Culture Collection Network fall 2014 meeting report at Applied and Environmental Microbiology

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.

The Penn State Meeting was described in a formal meeting report in  Standards in Genomic Sciences

2013 NCMA Meeting:  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.

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.​

The USCCN effort is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation grant DBI-1203113. The American Phytopathological Society is providing administrative support for USCCN activities.