U.S. Culture Collection Network Workshop

May 30 - 31, 2013, Peoria, IL

Thursday, May 30, 2013
"A community of collections"  Chair, Kevin McCluskey

8:00 Welcome and Introduction to the USCCN, Kevin McCluskey, Fungal Genetics Stock Center, Kansas City, MO
8:15 Overview of the ARS Culture Collection, Todd Ward, Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
8:40 A model organism collection supported by the NSF, John Wertz, New Haven, CT
9:05 The impact of culture collections on molecular identification, taxonomy and solving real problems, David Geiser, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
9:30 Coffee Break
10:00 The role of culture collections in the genomic revolution, Chris Dunlap, Crop Bioprotection Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
10:25 The USDA Forest Fungi Collection, Sara Ashiglar, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Moscow, ID
10:50 Addgene repository, a private nonprofit approach to biological repositories, Joanne Kamen,  Addgene, Cambridg, MA
11:15 Best practices and international activities, Kevin McCluskey, Fungal Genetics Stock Center,  Kansas City, MO
11:40 US National Plant Germplasm System and the USDA-ARS germplasm program, Peter Bretting, USDA-ARS Office of National Programs, Beltsville, MD
12:00 LUNCH - "Guided Discussion Session" Chair, Rick Bennett
"Data and collection management" Chair, Todd Ward
1:30 The Larry F Grand Mycological Herbarium – From index cards to the world wide web, Bryan Cody, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1:55 Data management and database structure at the ARS Culture Collection, Dave Labeda, Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
2:20 The Role of NCGRP for Backup Security and Distribution of Microbial Collections, David Dierig and Josef Pohl, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, USDA-ARS, Ft. Collins, CO
2:45 Coffee Break
3:15 Tour of ARS Culture Collection and NCAUR Research Facilities
5:00 ADJOURN
6:00 Dinner and drinks at Kelleher's Pub


Friday May 31, 2013

"Perspectives and impact" Chair, A. Rick Bennett

8:00 The ARS Culture Collection and biotechnology development, Clete Kurtzman, Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
8:25 The role of culture collections in national security, an example from the Amerithrax  investigation, Alejandro Rooney, Crop Bioprotection Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
8:50 Culture collections support basic and applied plant disease research, Kerry O'Donnell, Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
9:15 Coffee Break
9:45 Culture collections and public health research, Todd Ward, Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Unit, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
10:10 Long term sustainability of NSF and other living collections, Mark Largent, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
10:35 Intellectual property and international sharing of microbial germplasm, Paul Uhlir, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
11:00 Action Planning and Feedback
12:00 ADJOURN