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.



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The DSMZ is currently looking for student helpers for soil sampling within a research project on soil microbial biodiversity. The project is embedded…

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Researchers led by assistant professor Dr. Jörn Petersen of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH have…

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Forschende rund um Privatdozent Dr. Jörn Petersen vom Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH haben erstmals…

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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


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Special Issue „Biosynthesis and Biological Activities of Natural Products” of the journal Molecules. One of the guest editors: Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast from Leibniz Institute DSMZ.

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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.