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



Research funding significantly improves availability of microbiology data – interview with microbiologist Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann

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Forschungsförderung führt zur deutlich besseren Verfügbarkeit von mikrobiologischen Daten – ein Interview mit dem Mikrobiologen Prof. Dr. Jörg…

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Pilze sind allgegenwärtig und spielen eine entscheidende Rolle in Ökosystemen. Sie zersetzen organisches Material oder recyceln Nährstoffe. Bislang…

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While not immediately obvious, fungi are present in our everyday lives and play crucial roles in ecosystems, for instance by decomposing organic…

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Interdisciplinary approach allows investigation of hitherto unknown microorganisms

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> 32,600 strains


> 690 strains

Plant viruses

> 790 viruses

Human & Animal Cell Lines

> 840 cell lines


> 250 plasmids

Fungi & Yeasts

> 7,300 strains


> 940 phages


coming soon


In the focus ...

From fundamental virus research to food delivery

DSMZ scientists Stephan Winter and Samar Sheat sum up their current research on cassava viruses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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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.