Database from Braunschweig is essential for global bacteria research

BacDive selected as Global Core Biodata Resource

Dr. Lorenz Reimer

The BacDive database of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH has been selected as a Global Core Biodata Resource by the renowned Global Biodata Coalition. This makes BacDive one of the most important global databases for bacterial research. Based on a rigorous selection process, the Global Biodata Coalition for the first time awarded databases that are considered essential for worldwide research in the fields of life sciences and biomedicine.

"Our database BacDive has been developed at our Leibniz Institute for ten years and is the world's largest knowledge database for bacteria. Currently, information on more than 92,000 bacterial strains can be retrieved from BacDive," explains Dr Lorenz Reimer, head of the database development team. "It is particularly pleasing that, in addition to BacDive, a second German database, BRENDA, has also been labelled as a Global Core Biodata Resource. BRENDA, the largest database for enzymes, will be part of the new DSMZ Digital Diversity platform, which we are developing at our institute, starting next year," Dr Reimer concludes.

The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) is an initiative of research funders. One of the GBC's goals is to ensure that biological data is freely available to all researchers worldwide. This year, for the first time, the GBC published a list of 37 databases worldwide that meet the strict selection criteria and have been designated as Global Core Biodata Resources.

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