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.



Christmas Break

Please note that due to our Christmas Break orders and requests placed with us from 21.12.2022 to 04.01.2023 will be stored in our systems, but not…

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

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Auch in diesem Jahr gehören Privatdozent Dr. Markus Göker und Dr. Jan Meier-Kolthoff vom Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen…

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Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung des Joint Genome Instituts und des Leibniz-Instituts DSMZ

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Stifterverband honours commitment to research and fair use of biological diversity

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> 35,500 strains


> 730 strains

Plant viruses

> 830 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 880 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 8,000 strains


> 1,000 phages

Cyanobacteria & Protists

> 110 bioresources


In the focus ...

Microbiome research needs comprehensive repositories of cultured bacteria from the intestine of mammalian hosts. We expanded the mouse intestinal…

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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.