The DSMZ – Deutsche Sammlung für Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures) GmbH was founded 1969 as the national culture collection in Germany. The independent, non-profit organization is dedicated to the acquisition, characterization and identification, preservation and distribution of Bacteria, Archea, fungi, plasmids, bacteriophages, human an animal cell lines, plant cell cultures and plant viruses. The collection is member of the WGL-Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
The DSMZ has, at present, about 30.000 cultures, such as 19.000 different cultures of microorganisms, 750 plant cell cultures, 550 plant viruses, 600 human an animal cell lines, and 6700 patent- and safe deposits. Only biological material of risk group 1 and 2 is housed.