2012

NSF Announces support of RCN for a Community of ex situ microbial germplasm repositories.

2011
USDA-ARS continues to support the new National Plant Microbial Germplasm System both with financial input and physical infrastructure; the steps taken are only the beginning and input of resources is needed to build the program further. PPB was pleased to learn more about the ARS request for significant new resources for microbial collections that was included in the Administration’s FY2012 budget request. Discussions with NSF program officers provided helpful insights that will guide the submission of a Research Coordination Network proposal to link scientists nationally and internationally to facilitate this process.
White paper overview

APS hosts workshop on collections management and practices at 2011 meeting.

2010
Working with USDA agencies for funding support of a National Plant Microbial Germplasm System (NPMGS).
White paper overview / Example Success Stories

2009
Formulated an initial draft proposal for distribution to various stakeholders based on the two workshop outcomes. The effort is now referenced as the National Plant Microbial Germplasm System (NPMGS).
2009 Summary Report

2008
Worked with USDA and NSF to support a second international workshop for continued development of a plan of action.
White paper overview / Summary of workshop

2007
Worked with USDA to support an initial workshop for development of plan of action.
White paper overview / Summary of workshop