1. Collection
Registered Number 274
Acronym DSMZ
Full Name Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH
Institution DSMZ
ISO Standard ISO 9001:2008
Other Standard DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO Guide 34:2009
2. Correspondent
Correspondent Prof. Jörg Overmann
Postal Address Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikro-organismen und Zellkulturen GmbH, Inhoffenstraße 7 B,Braunschweig,Lower Saxony,38124
Country Germany
Telephone 1 (49) 531-2616 Ext. 0
Fax 1 (49) 531-2616 Ext. 418
E-mail 1 contact@dsmz.de
Homepage http://www.dsmz.de/ 
3. Status of the collection
Status Governmental
5. Personnel
Director Prof. Jörg Overmann
Curator Dr. Hans-Peter Klenk (Actinomycetales, genome based taxonomy)
Prof. Hans Drexler (Human and animal cell cultures)
Dr. Heinz Martin Schumacher (Plant cell cultures)
Dr. Stephan Winter (Plant viruses, antisera, monoclonal antibodies)
Dr. Stefan Spring (Archaea and extremophile bacteria)
Dr. Elke Lang (Gram negative bacteria)
Dr. Ruediger Pukall (Gram positive bacteria)
Dr. Brian J. Tindall (Halophilic and phototrophic bacteria)
Dr. Sabine Gronow (Medical microbiology)
Dr. Andrey Yurkov (Yeasts and fungi)
Dr. Christine Rohde (Plasmids and phages)
Dr. Roderick A.F. MacLeod (Cytogenetics)
Dr. Hilmar Quentmeier (Immunology)
Dr. Wilhelm Dirks (Molecular biology)
Dr. Stefan Nagel (Molecular genetics)
Dr. Cord C. Uphoff (Virus diagnostics)
Dr. Vera Bussas (Patent depositary)
Dr. Susanne Verbarg (Identification of microorganisms)
Number of Staff Bacteriology (23)
Mycology (1)
Computer specialist (7)
Assistants (66)
Public relations (2)
Administration/secretariat (15)
Human and animal cell lines (7)
Plant cell culture (2)
Plant viruses and antisera (2)
PhD students (12)
PostDocs (4)
Externaly funded projects (14)
Total (155)
6. Main Subjects
Subjects Agriculture
Applied microbiology
Cell biology
Culture and preservation methods
Developmental biology
Environmental protection
Evolutionary biology
Food science
Freeze drying
General microbiology
Marine biology
Medical microbiology
Molecular biology
Plant pathology
Systematics and taxonomy
Patent and safe deposit
Human and animal cell cultures
Plant viruses
Molecular ecology
Microbial Ecology
Eco system research
7. Preservation
Method and category of cultures Freeze-dry(Bacteria, Yeasts, Fungi, Plasmids)
Liquid N2(Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Plasmids, Cell lines: animal)
Subculturing(Fungi, Cell lines: plant)
Control of the culture Plant cell lines: Check for bacterial and fungal contamination
Plant cell lines: Identity checks by secondary metabolite fingerprints
Plant cell lines: Identity checks by DNA fingerprints
Microorganisms: Check for authenticity (Riboprint, MALDI-TOF, DNA DNA Hybridisation, Sequence analysis, MLSA phenotypic arrays (Biolog)
Human and Animal cell lines: Check for viability , growth and identification
Human and Animal cell lines: Tests for detection of mycoplasma
Human and Animal cell lines: Tests for detection of viral contamination
Human and Animal cell lines: Isoenzyme analysis for the determination
Plant viruses: Identification using specific antisera
Deposit to your collection
Source(s) of strains for people in this country: isolated by or introduced from Isolation by ourselves
Personally from the scientists in our country
From the research institutions in our country
the collection abroadJCM(Japan)
the collection abroadKTCC(Korea)
the collection abroadLMG(Belgium)
the collection abroadCECT(Spain)
the collection abroadCCUG(Sweden)
the collection abroadCIP(France)
the collection abroadCCMCC(China)
Number of Strains until now Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Bacteria 17900 0
Fungi 2400 0
Yeasts 500 0
Plasmids 300 0
Cell lines: animal 737 0
Cell lines: plants 770 0
Hybridomas: animal 170 0
Viruses: plants 600 0
Viruses: Bacteria 150 0
Archaea 500 0
Phages 257 0
Patent and safe deposits 9500 0
Number of strains last year Type Holding strains
(total number)/(number from your country)
new species
(total number)/(number from your country)
Microbes distributed
(total number)/(in your country)
Bacteria 17600 0
Fungi 2000 0
Yeasts 450 0
Plasmids 300 0
Cell lines: animal
Cell lines: plants
Hybridomas: animal
Viruses: plants
Viruses: Bacteria 90 0
Archaea 400 0
Patent and safe deposits
8. Availability of Cultures
Availability exchange with public service collections
fee for Fee for microorganisms: EUR 65 - 300
fee for Fee for human and animal cell lines: EUR 300 - 600
fee for Fee for plant cell lines: EUR 200
fee for Fee for plant viruses and related materials: EUR 16 - 80
9. Catalogue
Catalogue Online Catalogue
Updated daily
10. Services
Services Patent deposits(Archaea, Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Cell lines, Plant viruses, Bacteriophages, Plasmid DNA)
Storage service(safe deposits)
Distribution(Archaea, Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Cell lines, Plant viruses, Bacteriophages )
Identification(Archaea, Bacteria, Fungi, Yeasts, Cell lines, Plant viruses, Bacteriophages )
Training Management of a culture collection
Culture and preservation methods
Quality control
Use of computers in culture collections
Probabilistic identification
Bioinformatics and Data Bases
Genome analysis
Molecular ecology
Molecular systematics
Full genome sequencing
Patent deposits
Consulation about Patent deposits
Shipment regulations
Animal quarantine
Plant quarantine
CBD (Nagoia Protocol, ABS, PIC, MTA)
Quality Management
Other Service Nomenclature up-to-date Database
Petidoglycan Database
Compendium of Actinobacteria
BacDive - The Bacterial Diversity Metadatabase
11. Entry and Update Dates
Date of Entry 1981-10-26
Date of Reply 2014-09-12
12. Strains
Archaea Bacteria Fungi