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Welcome to the Leibniz Institute DSMZ

German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH


The research focus of the almost 100 scientists at the DSMZ are the various aspects of biodiversity in prokaryotes & eukaryotes.

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In our online shop we offer the most diverse portfolio of bioresources for researchers from academia & industry.



We offer a comprehensive portfolio of services like identification, characterization, specific analyses & online tools.



Assistant Professor Dr Markus Göker and Dr Jan Meier-Kolthoff from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures…

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Privatdozent Dr. Markus Göker und Dr. Jan Meier-Kolthoff vom Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH gehören…

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At the fifth annual meeting of the Leibniz PostDoc Network on 11 and 12 November 2021, scientist Dr. Sami Ullah from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German…

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Auf der fünften Jahrestagung des Leibniz PostDoc-Netzwerks am 11. und 12. November 2021 wurde der Wissenschaftler Dr. Sami Ullah vom Leibniz-Institut…

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Most diverse bioresource collection in the world welcomes Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann, Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Bettina Fischer (from left to right)



> 35,400 strains


> 720 strains

Plant viruses

> 820 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 870 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 8,000 strains


> 1,000 phages


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In the focus ...

Scarlett Sett and colleagues address the question who owns pathogens with pandemic potential and what are the corresponding international legal…

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The Bacterial Diversity Metadatabase

Our metadatabase of organism-linked information covering the multifarious aspects of bacterial and archaeal biodiversity.


Type (Strain) Genome Server

TYGS offers a truly genome-based classification and identification of prokaryotic strains without overestimating phylogenetic confidence.


List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature

LPSN is a compilation of all names of Bacteria & Archaea which have been validly published according to the Bacteriological Code.

Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Profile Search

Analysis of Short Tandem Repeats

Since STR microsatellites are stable as well as highly polymorphic in human populations, STR profiling is shown to be ideal for authentication of human cell line samples.