About the USCCN

The U.S. Culture Collection Network brings together scientists working with laboratory based collections of microbes.

Vision

USCCN seeks to optimize the quality and availability of microbial resources and become a central resource for U.S. microbe culture collections and their users.

Mission

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 U.S. culture collection workers to engage with each other and with the broader culture collection community.

Goals

Provide venues for interaction of living microbe collection workers, to promote best practices, and to engage the larger living collection community broadly (nationally and internationally).

Objectives

  • Establish an online database of protocols, policies, and best practice guidelines
  • Design a blueprint for a robust, yet flexible community cyberinfrastructure
  • Develop a formal back-up plan for active, orphaned, or endangered collections
  • Support visits to successful culture collections to facilitate the spread of best practices
  • Strengthen and expand contacts among U.S. and international collections and users
  • Explore sustainable mechanisms for long-term support for this network

Collections of living microbes assure that 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 United States, most collections are small and do not have long term strategies for survival.  The USCCN serves as a central entity to provide guidance and support for these collections.

The network is made possible by grant 1534564 from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Structure

The U.S. Culture Collections Network structure consists of a Steering Committee, a Coordinating Committee and Operating Committees.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee identifies USCCN priorities for achieving the vision and mission and oversees the day-to-day activities of the network.

Rick Bennett, University of Kentucky

Kellye Eversole, International Phytobiomes Alliance.

Stephanie Greene, USDA-ARS

Matthew Ryan, Curator, Genetic Resource Collection, CABI, UK

Kyria Boundy-Mills, Curator, Phaff Yeast Culture Collection, University of California, Davis. CA.

Dusti Gallagher, International Phytobiomes Alliance

Neha Potnis, Auburn University

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee identifies research aims, strategies, and other areas of collaboration within the network.

Beatriz Ortiz-Santana, US Forest Service Research & Development, Madison, WI
Francisco Ochoa-Corona, Institute of Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
David Nobles, UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Micah Krichevsky, Past president of the U.S. Federation for Culture Collections
John Wertz, Coli Genetic Stock Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Kirk Broders, NRRL collection, USDA-ARS
Howard Judelson, UC-Riverside

Operating Committees

The Operating Committees lead and coordinate various aspects of the network in the following areas: Membership, Communications Outreach and Education, Networking, Standards and Procedures, Collections Registry Coordination, Strategic and long-term Planning.