|BOUNDY-MILLS, KYRIA - University Of California, Davis|
|KNEE, EMMA - The Ohio State University|
|NOBLES, DAVID - University Of Texas|
|LOMAS, MICHAEL - Bigelow Laboratory For Ocean Sciences|
|BRADFORD, REBECCA - American Type Culture Collections|
|RIOJAS, MARCO - Indiana University|
|HAZBÓN, MANZOUR - Indiana University|
|WHITWORTH, CALE - University Of California, Davis|
|ARAIZA, RENEE - University Of California, Davis|
Submitted to: Society for Industrial Microbiology News
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/15/2020
Publication Date: 12/1/2020
Citation: Boundy-Mills, K., Greene, S.L., Knee, E., Nobles, D., Lomas, M., Bradford, R., Riojas, M., Hazbón, M., Whitworth, C., Araiza, R. 2020. Global COVID-19 pandemic: The emergency that was not on the disaster planning list of living stock collections. Society for Industrial Microbiology News. 70(4):126-135.
Interpretive Summary: N/A
Technical Abstract: Living stock collections including bacteria, algae, fungi, plants, vertebrates and invertebrates are an essential element of the infrastructure of life science research, including industrial microbiology. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these collections are facing many of the same challenges as research laboratories. Plus, they have one additional challenge: the most crucial activity at a living stock collection is to keep the stocks alive, because most specimens at living stock collections cannot be replaced, impacting hundreds or thousands of research labs around the world. Collections have been busy developing emergency plans and this article provides recommendations that can be useful to all types of research laboratories.