Mission: The goal of this program is to ensure that the genetic diversity of agriculturally important microorganisms is maintained to enhance and increase agricultural efficiency and profitability. The program will collect, authenticate and characterize potentially useful microbial germplasm; preserve microbial genetic diversity; and facilitate distribution and utilization of microbial germplasm for research and industry.
The Agricultural Research Service maintains several microbial germplasm collections including:
USDA ARS Culture Collection
USDA ARS Collection of Entomopathogenic Fungal Cultures (ARSEF)
Rhizobium Search Page
US National Fungus Collections
Diagnosis – research resources