cryohandsEDITED.jpgThis USCCN is an important step toward the long term goal of implementing a US National Microbial Germplasm System and will meet its goals by hosting independent meetings, sponsoring teaching workshops, organizing symposia at professional meetings, developing a dedicated internet site with cloud-based laboratory management tools, sponsoring educational exchanges between existing collections, and establishing connections with international groups working to this shared goal.

2015 Meeting on orphaned or endangered collections at the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Ft. Collins Colorado

A diverse group including participants from plant and animal collections gathered at the USDA NCGRP and learned about several endangered collections as well as a growing number of collections that are being backed up at the NCGRP. This meeting was described in a publication in Phytopathology, 106(6):532-540.

2014 Genome Biology Meeting at UC Davis

Over 50 scientists came together at UC Davis in a meeting hosted by the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection and the UC Davis Viticulture and​ Enology yeast collection to interact with the general topic of genome programs and genome data for culture collections.  A meeting report was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 81(17):5671-5674

The program is available online 

2014 Workshop at Penn State University

The Fusarium Research Laboratory hosted this workshop which included time to work on shared resources like the USCCN website. PSU labs included the E. coli reference collection, the mushroom spawn lab, and the growing Verticillium collection. 

The program is available online

USCCN Scientists at 2013 International Conference on Culture Collections

Dr. K. Boundy Mills and Dr. K. McCluskey were elected or re-elected to the World Federation for Culture Collections Executive Board. The 2016 ICCC will be held in Turkey.

2013 USCCN Workshop at the USDA NRRL Collection

Scientists and scholars from around the US participated in a two-day workshop at the USDA ARS culture collection in Peoria, Illinois on May 30 - 31. The program and abstracts from this meeting are online.

USCCN attendance at MIRRI launch

November 27 - December 1, 2012, Braunshweig, Germany.
The European Framework 7 program "Microbial Research Resource Infrastructure" held their inagural meeting in Braunschweig Germany and four members of the USCCN Steering committee participated. Dr. K. McCluskey presented the NSF sponsored RCN project. Drs. W. Wilson and K. Boundy-Mills participated to promote engagement by US Scientists in international efforts to develop living microbial germplasm repositories. Dr. D. Smith of the UK is one of the organizers of the MIRRI effort. The event was capped by a visit to the DSMZ collection in Braunschweig.

The 2012 USCCN Meeting

The first meeting of the USCCN was held September 6 - 7, 2012 at the
Fungal Genetics Stock Center, U.M.-Kansas City

The meeting report is available online here

The meeting emphasized the development of materials for teaching best practices for managing, preserving, and distributing bacteria, fungi, and other microbes in the context of formal culture collections.

Subsequent meetings will be held at the National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (East Boothbay, ME), the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (Fort Collins, CO), and at the Phaff Yeast Collection (U.C.- Davis, CA) dates yet to be determined.

USCCN Student Outreach Event

September 5, 2012 
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Student Union

An event will be held to showcase career and other opportunities in repository science. This meeting is being held in collaboration with Science Pioneers and the Kansas City Science STEM Alliance. This event will be open to the public and will feature presentations by several members of the RCN Steering Committee. The program is available online and will include brief presentations on collections of molecules, algae, fungi as well as opportunities for engagement on some cutting edge genome biology programs.

How to Participate

To learn more about the U.S. Culture Collection Network and ongoing efforts to establish a National Plant Microbial Germplasm System, please contact Kevin McCluskey or any member of the USCCN Steering Committee.  ​