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.



Bacteria named after well-known microbiologists from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ

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Bakterien nach bekannten Mikrobiologen des Leibniz-Instituts DSMZ benannt

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Researcher at the DSMZ in Braunschweig develops new method for the derivatization of antibiotics

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Wissenschaftlerin Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast entwickelt mit ihrem Team neue Methode zur Derivatisierung von Antibiotika

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DSMZ researchers analyse names of prokaryotes and find almost no improvement since 1947

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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 ...

Rapid and precise identification, this is the goal when responding to threats that are affecting (plant) health. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) is a…

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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.