|BOUNDY-MILLS, KYRIA - University Of California, Davis|
|MCCLUSKEY, KEVIN - Kansas State University|
|GLAESER, JESSIE - Us Forest Service (FS)|
|LINDNER, DANIEL - Us Forest Service (FS)|
|NOBLES, JR., DAVID - University Of Texas|
|OCHOA-CORONA, FRANCISCO - Oklahoma State University|
|SCOTT, JAMES - University Of Toronto|
|WERTZ, JOHN - Yale University|
|NORMANLY, JENNIFER - University Of Massachusetts, Amherst|
|WEBSTER, KATIE - University Of Massachusetts|
Submitted to: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/20/2019
Publication Date: 1/10/2020
Citation: Boundy-Mills, K., McCluskey, K., Elia, P., Glaeser, J.A., Lindner, D.L., Nobles, Jr., D.R., Normanly, J., Ochoa-Corona, F.M., Scott, J.A., Ward, T.J., Webb, K.M., Webster, K., Wertz, J.E. 2020. Preserving US microbe collections sparks future discoveries. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 129(2):162-174. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14525.
Technical Abstract: Collections of micro-organisms are a crucial element of life science research infrastructure but are vulnerable to loss and damage caused by natural or man-made disasters, the untimely death or retirement of personnel, or the loss of research funding. Preservation of biological collections has risen in priority due to a new appreciation for discoveries linked to preserved specimens, emerging hurdles to international collecting and decreased funding for new collecting. While many historic collections have been lost, several have been preserved, some with dramatic rescue stories. Rescued microbes have been used for discoveries in areas of health, biotechnology and basic life science. Suggestions for long-term planning for microbial stocks are listed, as well as inducements for long-term preservation.