Why it’s importantThe national parks are host to some of the harshest habitats on Earth. Researchers often explore these extreme environments for the myriad microorganisms—known as extremophiles—that are able to flourish in conditions considered hostile or lethal for most lifeforms. Research on these incredible organisms has provided valuable insight into the origins of life.
How we help
The National Park Service (NPS) issues permits to qualified researchers for scientific and educational purposes. Such permits to collect and study microbial specimens may provide for deposit of these NPS specimens and derivative material into the US National Park Service Special Collection at ATCC under a partnership agreement between the NPS and ATCC. Such deposits not only satisfy scientific publication requirements but also make the unique materials available to the global life science community.
This growing special collection comprises over 100 bacterial, fungal, and protozoan species and includes a variety of thermophilic, alkaliphilic, and acidophilic strains. These microorganisms provide scientists with a fascinating study of microbial ecology and evolution.
Learn how this special collection can benefit your research and lead to innovations in biomedical research and industrial processes.
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The US National Park Service Special Collection offers scientists a diverse group of microbial specimens—including unique microorganisms known as extremophiles, which can be used in a variety of applications.More
The ATCC Protistology collection provides researchers with the only general service collection of taxonomically diverse living stock protists in the United States and the only large service repository of parasitic protozoa in the world.More