Cultivation media are a substantial part of many fields of life sciences and are key for successful cultivation and therefore achieving a deeper understanding of microorganisms. Despite their fundamental importance, cultivation media as data resource are mostly neglected, especially in terms of standardization and availability. MediaDive is a comprehensive and expert-curated cultivation media database, which comprises recipes, instructions and molecular compositions of almost 3,200 standardized cultivation media for more than 40,000 microbial strains from all domains of life.
MediaDive is designed to enable broad range applications from every-day-use in research and diagnostic laboratories to knowledge-driven support of new media design and artificial intelligence-driven data mining. A number of intuitive search and comparison tools is fostering these approaches. External user engagement is covered by a dedicated media builder tool.