USDA-ARS Culture Collection (NRRL)

January 31, 2022

Collection Website

Organizational structure

Government Agency

Collection Institution/Entity


Staff working with the Collection


Collection Contact

Kirk Broders

Position of Collection contact


Collection Email

Collection Phone


Collection can be contacted


  • Has continued institutional support
  • Interested in Culture Collections Exchange
  • Interested in working with samples from different repositories
  • Interested in Collaborative Programs
  • Collection contains reference strains
  • Ability to accept orphan collections

Collection Category

Publicly available (qualified curator, collection management policies, microbial specimens, a database of collection information, an online strain catalog, and distributes strains to the scientific community)

Capacity to accept orphan collections

We have the capacity to accession 300 orphaned strains per year. This would be on top of our normal accession rate.

Collection follows best management practice guideline

We have internally approved Standard Operating Procedures that are reviewed by fellow USDA scientists

Organisms in Collection

Fungi, Bacteria, Yeast, Oomycetes

Training opportunities provided by Collection

Culture Collection management (e.g. quality control procedures, databases, etc., Culturing and preservation methods (including cryopreservation)

Funding Sources for Research performed with Collection specimens

Department of Energy (DOE), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Availability and distribution mechanisms

No charge for distribution (shipping may be charged)

Services provided by Collection

Patent deposits

Consultations provided by Collection

Patent deposits, Preservation, Propagation, Shipment regulations

Host Associations in Collection

Grain crops, Fruits, Vegetables, Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Other Animals, Humans, Soil, Water, Built Environment

Research fields relevant to Collection

Agriculture, Fermentation, Food science, General microbiology, Genetics, Industrial microbiology, Molecular biology, Systematics and taxonomy