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.



Seit 30 Jahren forscht Dr. Christine Rohde am Leibniz-Institut DSMZ an Bakteriophagen, die als intelligente Antibiotika bezeichnet werden

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DSMZ scientist offers new insights into the molecular processes of antibiotic-producing Streptomyces

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DSMZ-Wissenschaftlerin liefert neue Einblicke in molekulare Prozesse wie Streptomyceten die Antibiotika-Produktion steuern

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Biochemist Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal appointed head of Department of Services

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Die Biochemikerin Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal übernimmt die Leitung der wissenschaftlichen Services

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> 31,900 strains


> 680 strains

Plant viruses

> 770 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 840 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 6,600 strains


> 700 phages


> 45 strains


In the focus ...

A publicly accessible database for Clostridioides difficile genome sequences supports tracing of transmission chains and epidemics 

Clostridioides difficile is a major cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea and causes large infection outbreaks. Whole-genome sequencing is increasingly applied for genotyping C. difficile, with the objectives to monitor and curb the pathogen's spread. More ...


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.