USCCN - Safeguarding collections of living microbes

01 Jan 2015

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The United States Culture Collection Network is a research coordination network formed to address challenges and needs shared by all microbial germplasm collection managers and users.

The USCCN ensures that, via the collection of living microbes, current and past research and innovation are available to future generations of scientists. Biological materials which are made available via well managed collections represent the foundation of the modern biotechnology industry. Materials in culture collections impact fields as diverse as human health, agricultural productivity, biotechnology, and bio-diversity research. While there are several professional collections in the US, most collections in the US are small and do not have long term strategies for survival.

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Although collection efforts are referenced as a U. S. collection, the APS (The American Phytopathological Society) are also building connections with the World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and most importantly, the Microbial Research Resource Infrastructure project of the EU, at