- The ARS Culture Collection is one of the largest public collections of microorganisms in the world, containing approximately 98,000 isolates of bacteria and fungi. The collection is housed within the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois. The scientists and staff of the ARS Culture Collection conduct and facilitate microbiological research that advances agricultural production, food safety, public health, and economic development. These goals are pursued through in-house research that improves understanding and utilization of microbiological diversity and through efforts to enhance the value and accessibility of microbial accessions in the Agricultural Research Service Culture Collection.
Jim Swezey is retiring as of 05 January 2018. Jim joined the ARS Culture Collection in 1979, conducting research on bacterial diversity with Dr. L. Nakamura. He has served as the curator of the ARS Patent Culture Collection since 1991 and as the Collections Manager for the ARS Culture Collection since 2009.
Please refer all Collections correspondence to NRRLCollectionManager.
We are sad to report that Dr. Clete Kurtzman passed away on November 27th, 2017. Clete conducted research at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, IL for more than 50 years. He was inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame in 2016 in recognition of his pioneering development and use of molecular biology techniques to identify and describe microorganisms of agricultural, biotechnological, scientific, and medical importance. His research fundamentally changed the field of yeast taxonomy and enabled scientists to make accurate predictions about the biological properties of newly-discovered yeasts. Clete's highly creative and productive research is documented in more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, which have been cited more than 23,000 times and recognized through numerous awards and honors. Clete was also a scientific leader and mentor. He served as a Research Leader for 29 years and mentored numerous ARS and visiting scientists. Clete also served as the Director of the ARS Culture Collection for many years and the unique value of this resource is a direct result of his scientific and programmatic leadership. Clete was a wonderful colleague and friend, and he will be deeply missed.
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ARS Culture Collection
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research
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Peoria, IL 61604