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Vision of the Leibniz-Institute DSMZ

Biological resource centers are instrumental for the future advancement of science, public health and bioeconomy. The Leibniz Institute DSMZ will meet the challenges of the limited knowledge of microbial biodiversity and its functional implications, the demand for appropriate model systems for basic research, and the shortage of innovative novel bioproducts. With its comprehensive collections of biomaterials and its unique expertise in the areas of cultivation, identification, taxonomy/phylogeny and conservation, the DSMZ will also play a key role for the translation from basic research to applications of biodiversity.

The supply, investigation and utilization of biodiversity are leitmotifs for the future development of the DSMZ.

Strategic elements are

  1. User-oriented extension of culture collections and their optimized distribution
  2. Access to novel bioresources by innovative cultivation approaches and cryoconservation techniques
  3. Providing a comprehensive database of genomic, biochemical, physiological and biogeographic data for bioresources
  4. Extend the research program towards bacterial (population) genomics, microbial symbioses and pathogenicity, and functional genomics of cancer
  5. Implement novel state-of-the-art services including microbial diversity analyses of complex natural samples, comprehensive genome sequence analyses and functional genomics
  6. Establish a dedicated course and training program