Portrait of the DSMZ
The Leibniz Institute DSMZ – German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures is an institution of the Leibniz Corporation, and with its comprehensive scientific services and a wide spectrum of biological materials, it has become a worldwide partner for research and industry for decades.As one of the largest biological resource centres of its kind, the DSMZ has been certified to the quality standard ISO 9001:2008 valid worldwide.
Alongside the scientific service, the collection-related research forms the second pillar of DSMZ. The collection based in Braunschweig has existed for 47 years and accommodates more than 50,000 cultures and biomaterials.
The DSMZ is the most diverse collection worldwide: alongside fungi, yeasts, bacteria and archaea, human and animal cell cultures, as well as plant viruses and plant cell cultures are explored and archived there as well.
The DSMZ consists of four collection departments (Microorganisms, Human and Animal Cell Lines, Plant Cell Lines, Plant Viruses) and a dedicated research unit `Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research`.