• Institution: Deutsche Sammlung für Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen
  • Acronym: DSMZ
  • Location:
    Inhoffenstr. 7B
    38124 Braunschweig
  • Website: http://www.dsmz.de
  • Correspondent:
    Tel.: +49 (0) 531-2616-0
    Fax: + 49 (0) 531-2616-418
    e-mail: dsmz@eccosite.org

Members holdings

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.

Services offered

The scientific services are offered to support fundamental research and processes of industrial production or ecological development, but also for the elucidation and solution of biological material. The DSMZ is recognized as an International Deposit Authority (IDA) for the deposit of biological material under the Budapest Treaty.


The research activities are focussed on collection-related fields, including microbial taxonomy, phylogeny, evolution, molecular biodiversity studies, development of preservation methods for biological material, cell line characterization and identification as well as detection and elimination of mycoplasms and viruses from human and animal cell lines. Information on cultures and services, catalogues and lists are available online at www.dsmz.de.

Quality Management System

Since 2004, the DSMZ is certified by DIN EN ISO 9001-2000.