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.

Research groups


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.



Kindervorlesung von Mikrobiologe Professor Dr. Jörg Overmann im Braunschweigischen Landesmuseum gibt Einblicke in die Bedeutung der Artenvielfalt

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At its meeting on 19 March 2024, the Senate of the Leibniz Association made major decisions in various cross-institute funding formats: the Leibniz…

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Der Senat der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft hat in seiner Sitzung am 19. März 2024 weitreichende Entscheidungen in verschiedenen institutsübergreifenden…

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Results enable research on better breast cancer treatment options

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Ergebnisse ermöglichen die Erforschung besserer Brustkrebs-Therapiemöglichkeiten

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> 37,500 strains


> 760 strains

Plant viruses

> 920 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 930 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 9,300 strains


> 1,300 phages

Cyanobacteria & Protists

> 120 bioresources


In the focus ...

The World Health Organization (WHO) priority list contains a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health and…

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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.