“Harnessing Culture Collections for Improved Plant Health” workshop – ICPP 2023

August 20, 2023

Organized in collaboration with

U.S. Culture Collection Network (USCCN)




Lyon, France




This workshop will identify the diversity of culture collections and explore how these living microbial stock collections are being used to improve plant health.

We will present successful strategies and tools that are being used with these essential biological resources to further plant health research. We will discuss proper maintenance and curation of collections, how these essential stocks support plant growth within changing environments, disease diagnostics; and combat biotic and abiotic stresses.

The fundamental knowledge gained with this session will support and enhance efforts that are underway to broaden and strengthen the U.S. and European collection community and their networks.


  • €50 for ICPP2023 Congress attendees
  • €100 for non-ICPP2023 Congress attendees (satellite event only)
  • Lunch not included


08:30 – Welcome and Introductions – Dusti Gallagher, USCCN Project Manager

08:35 – Rick Bennett, University of Kentucky & USCCN Steering Committee, USA
U.S. Culture Collections Network overview Abstract

08:50 – Kirk Broders, USDA/ARS/NRRL, Peoria, IL, USA
The USDA-ARS Culture Collection as a strategic resource for plant health

09:15 – Andrew Aspin, NCPPB, UK
Cultural bacterial plant pathogens, standards for housing and reference Abstract

09:40 – Bob Shatters, USDA ARS European Biological Control Lab, Montpellier, FR
The importance of culture collections as resources for novel sources of biocontrol agents – Abstract

10:05 – David Ingham, AgBiome, USA
Industry perspective on microbial culture collections: Success stories and future needs  Slides

10:30 – Break

11:00 – Perrine Portier, INRAE, FR
Challenges and opportunities in operating a plant-associated bacteria collection Abstract

11:25 – Panel discussionRick Bennet & Neha Potnis, moderators
What does the research community need from culture collections?
Where is the science headed?
What services are needed?
What is the best way to provide needed services?
Should new strategies/preservation methods be developed?

12:00 –  Wrap-up & Adjourn

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