Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen

The Leibniz Institute DSMZ - German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ ) is a scientific institution in the Leibniz Association, which as a collection of more than 20,000 microorganisms, 750 plant cell cultures, 600 plant viruses, 700 antisera against plant viruses and 700 human and animal cell cultures holds. It also serves as a patent depository for biological material ( 9,000 cultures and organisms) according to the guidelines of the Budapest Treaty. The DSMZ is an all- cultures of the security levels 1 and 2

The DSMZ acts as a service provider for the university, non-university and industrial research, but is also active even scientifically as part of their collection -related research.

The collection was established at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Göttingen in 1969 as a central " German Collection of Microorganisms " (DSM ) under the auspices of the Society for Radiation and Environmental Research. Since 1987, the DSMZ has its headquarters in Braunschweig. It is there in a separate building on the grounds of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research ( HZI). Since 1996 she has been under the symbol DSMZ a service facility in the Leibniz Association. In the DSMZ currently working on 150 scientists and technical staff. Managing Director is the microbiologist Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann.

The DSMZ is part of global organizations such as the European Culture Collections Organization ( ECCO ), the World Federation for Culture Collections ( WFCC ) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( GBIF ).