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.



Am 10. und 11. November hat die von der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft organisierte Veranstaltung „Leibniz im Landtag“ in Niedersachsen stattgefunden.

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DSMZ researchers outline mechanisms of marine bacterial communities degrading plastic materials

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DSMZ-Forscherinnen skizzieren Mechanismen für die Aufspaltung von Kunststoff durch marine Bakteriengemeinschaften

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Anwendungsorientierte Forschung in neuen Labor- und Büroräumen

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

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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 ...

DSI, the Nagoya Protocol, and Stakeholders‘ Concerns

In the current issue of Trends in Biotechnology Elizabeth Karger and Amber Hartman Scholz published a letter addressing points like definition of digital sequence information, human data and legal frameworks of the Nagoya Protocol.

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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.