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The Untapped Potential of ATCC's Mycology Collection

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Abstract

As a leading developer and supplier of authenticated biological materials, ATCC provides the scientific community with access to an expansive collection of credible materials needed to support research and development applications. ATCC has more than thirty thousand fungal strains encompassing greater than 1,850 different genera that can be utilized in various industrial applications. We have recently initiated a project to further characterize the utility of our mycology collection including providing in-depth sequencing of the genomes. We have fungi with reported activities across a wide range of commercially important areas such as biocontrol, bioremediation, biofuel, biocatalysis, and natural colorants. For instance, we have identified over 130 fungal strains with potential bioremediation ability of various pollutant like heavy metals, petroleum products and xenobiotics. This presentation will highlight the diversity and importance of the collection and provide examples of the utilization of this collection as a valuable resource for the present and future generations of scientists.

Presenter

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Victoria Knight-Connoni, PhD

BioNexus Principal Scientist, Collections, ATCC

Dr. Knight-Connoni is a BioNexus Foundation Principal Scientist at ATCC where she is curates the catalog of products for use by the scientific community. Her team is responsible for sourcing new items to add to the collection and authenticating and characterizing the biological material. Dr. Knight-Connoni has spent her career in industrial microbiology working at several biotech companies focused on natural product discovery using microbes as the source of products. She has built and characterized microbial strain collections at multiple companies and led in vitro screening teams at Cubist and Indigo for product discovery. Dr. Knight-Connoni holds a doctorate in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire.

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Bioremediation

While the use of fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture have improved crop production, they have also caused environmental pollution. While many companies have sought improvements in their agricultural practices to reduce their ecological footprint, additional solutions are needed to further reduce the presence of hazardous substances in the environment. Bioremediation provides a solution.

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Biocontrol

Biocontrol is a pest management strategy used in agriculture and greenhouse horticulture that uses microbes or other organisms to reduce the population of a harmful target species. As a natural method of pest control, this strategy not only helps reduce the use of chemical pesticides, but it is also cost-efficient and sustainable. Discover more about this environmentally friendly field of research and how ATCC can help.

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