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.



DSMZ scientist develops innovative strategy for drug screening

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DSMZ-Wissenschaftlerin entwickelt innovative Strategie für das Screening nach Wirkstoffen

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Statement on the current situation regarding coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Stellungnahme zur aktuellen Situation bezüglich des Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

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Die Hochburg von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen im niedersächsischen Braunschweig erhält das Zertifikat zum audit berufundfamilie mit dauerhaftem…

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DSMZ scientist uses Synthetic Biology for the environmentally friendly production of D-phenylglycine

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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 ...

Tricladiaceae fam. nov. (Helotiales, Leotiomycetes
A new family for fungi from wet habitats

In order to resolve the polyphyletic nature of Solenopeziaceae as it was originally circumscribed, Christiane Baschien (DSMZ) and P.R. Johnston (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research) establish a new family Tricladiaceae for those genera originally placed in Solenopeziaceae that have aquatic hyphomycete- like asexual morphs and/or a sexual morph with glabrous apothecia. More ...


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.


Nomenclature up-to-date

Nomenclature up-to-date 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.