Feasibility Study of Canadian Culture Collections. Final Report


  1. Netolitzky, D.J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
An important scientific capability of many nations is a national culture collection of a wide variety of microorganisms used both in research as well as important reference standards in microbial identification. In the past, Canadian researchers have relied heavily on the close proximity and ease of access to the American Type Culture Collection as well as close links to counterparts in US laboratories. With the implementation of the Homeland Security Act we now find ourselves in a position where it is difficult if not impossible to obtain cultures related to bioterrorism research from the US. Fortunately, the US is not the only place in which we might obtain microorganisms from a culture collection. At present we still have the option to obtain materials from the UK or one of many other national culture collections around the world. Even small nations such as Belgium have their own national culture collection. Canada does not. While it is still possible to obtain these materials elsewhere, there is no certainty that this situation will last indefinitely. It may well turn out that other nations may also go the route of increasing security for biological agents which might, eventually, leave us in a poor position with little or no access to a variety of unique microorganisms needed for research related to defence or national security issues. This report is a feasibility study of establishing a national culture collection that looks at the current situation of culture collectio
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2003-133 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2003
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