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.



Phage expert Dr Christine Rohde in an interview about 38 years of phage research at the DSMZ in Braunschweig, Germany

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Phagenforscherin Dr. Christine Rohde berichtet im Interview über 38 Jahre Phagenforschung an der DSMZ in Braunschweig

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The Leibniz Institute DSMZ supplies researchers with resistant bacteria of the WHO-list

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Leibniz-Institut DSMZ stellt Forschenden resistente Bakterien der WHO-Liste zur Verfügung

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DSMZ study presents original research for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on Access and Benefit-Sharing indicators to measure benefits…

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> 38,000 strains


> 760 strains

Plant viruses

> 930 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 940 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 9,500 strains


> 1,300 phages

Cyanobacteria & Protists

> 160 bioresources


In the focus ...

The World Health Organization (WHO) priority list contains a catalogue of 15 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.