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 by providing opportunities for US culture collection workers to engage with each other and with the broader culture collection community

USCCN News​ and Activities

Fall 2019 Virtual Meeting: U.S. Culture Collection Network

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We will learn about the status of selected microbe collections, plus some collections larger organisms: lemurs, mice, Arabidopsis and Drosophila! Living stock collections share some common goals, challenges and solutions. ​There are opportunities to become engaged in the broader culture collection community as we plan for priorities for 2020 and beyond.

On Demand Recording

Speaker Presentations

Kyria Boundy-Mills (intro and history)
Kyria Boundy-Mills​ (Status of USCCN, plans for 2020 and beyond, committees, status of reports on living stock collections)
David Nobles (UTEX Culture Collection of Algae)
Renee Araiza​ (Mutant Mouse Resouce and Research Centers)
Cale Whitworth​ (Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center)
Emma Knee ​(Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center)

 2018 Meeting on collection data resources and standards

The next activity of the USCCN will be a meeting with data resources such as Global Catalog of Microorganisms, Research Resource ID project, the US National Center for Biotechnology Information  and the US Integrated Digitized Biocollections program (iDigBio), among others. Topics will include data sharing, persistent identifiers, and sustaining the USCCN. The meeting will take place August 21 - 23, 2018, at the American Type Culture Collection Manassas VA facility.  Please see the program here.

Public Conference call
March 5, 2018 at 11 Am CDT. Please see agenda here.

Scientific American Article

Grant Extension

The USCCN team has been granted a no-cost extension to continue its engagement and leadership for US living microbial collections.

14th International Conference on Culture Collections

In support of our mission of international engagement, the USCCN is supporting participation by US culture collection curators and scientists at the 14th International Conference on Culture Collections.

The meeting was held July 17 - 21, 2017 in Singapore alongside the IUMS meeting. The late notice is associated with the relocation of the meeting from it's originally scheduled location in Antalya, Turkey.

The USCCN supported participation by 9 US Collection scientists
L-R, S. Kang, PSU, Suh Sung, ATCC, K. McCluskey, FGSC, S. Baker, PNNL, K. Boundy-Mills, UC Davis, D. Nobles, UTEX, M. Hazbon, ATCC BEI. (not shown, I. Situpu, P. Uhlir)

USCCN Steering committee member K. Boundy-Mills was re-elected to the WFCC Executive Board and USCCN PI K. McCluskey was elected Vice President of the WFCC.

Nagoya Protocol meeting

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
A manuscript describing the meeting is now available at mBio

McCluskey K, Barker KB, Barton HA, Boundy-Mills K, Brown DR, Coddington JA, Cook K, Desmeth P, Geiser D, Glaeser JA, Greene S, Kang S, Lomas MW, Melcher U, Miller SE, Nobles DR, Jr., Owens KJ, Reichman JH, da Silva M, Wertz J, Whitworth C, Smith D. 2017. The U.S. Culture Collection Network responding to the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. mBio 8:e00982-17.

The USCCN is pleased to report that its 2016-2017 Laboratory Internship program was highly successful sending six scientists to visit three different collections. The internship will be re-launched in 2017.  Please see
this page for more information on participating in this educational activity.

Additional Recent activities

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.

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.
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 grants DBI-1203113 and DBI-1534564. The American Phytopathological Society is providing administrative support for USCCN activities.

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