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ATCC Plant-Virus Collection Threatened

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Science  21 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5307, pp. 1733
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5307.1733b

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Plant pathologists fear that a valuable collection of plant viruses and viroids may be threatened. For financial reasons, the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), a vast library of microbial cultures that is a vital resource for researchers around the world, has decided, for now, not to build a greenhouse at its new facility in Manassas, Virginia, and has also dismissed the curator of the plant-virus collection. ATCC officials say they want to protect the collection, but even they concede that it might be in jeopardy.