to the ARS Culture Collection (also known as the NRRL Collection)
website. The Collection is one of the largest public collections of
microorganisms in the world, currently containing approximately 99,000
strains of actinomycetes, bacteria, molds, and yeasts. The collection
is housed within the Bacterial
Foodborne Pathogens and Mycology Research Unit at the
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria,
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site provides public access to the strain collection through the searchable online catalog
for many of the holdings of well characterized strains within the
collection through an integrated shopping cart for strain requests. Each request
is limited to 24 strains, the limit to a given laboratory for a given
calender year and must conform to the ARS Culture Collection distribution
policies. Patent strains must still be requested in writing from Mr. James Swezey.
note that selections from each page of the search results must be added
to the shopping cart before moving to a new page. A concerted
effort is being made to ensure that strains appearing in the literature
are available in the online catalog, but if a strain of interest has an
NRRL accession number but is not found in the online catalog,
please direct this inquiry to the Collection Manager, Mr.
Strains that are pathogenic to plants or
animal generally require APHIS permits for distribution within the US and these must be uploaded in digtial format during the
strain selection process. International requests for these strains also
still require either the appropriate national importation permit or
documentation that no permit is needed, and these are to be uploaded
during the request process.
The site also provides
information on the deposit and distribution of strains maintained in
the ARS Patent Culture Collection, which is historically the first
collection for strains related to patent applications in the world. The
holdings of the patent strains, except for those that also serve as
type strains, are not searchable, but the website provides the protocol
for obtaining patent strains that are released to the scientific
public. Inquiries regarding the ARS Patent Culture Collection should be directed to Mr.
James Swezey who serves as the curator of that collection.