The DSMZ is one of the largest biological ressource centers worldwide.Its collections currently comprise more than 50,000 items, including about 27,000 different bacterial and 4,000 fungal strains, 800 human and animal cell lines, 700 plant cell lines, 1,400 plant viruses and antisera, and 13,000 different types of bacterial genomic DNA.. All biological materials accepted in the DSMZ collection are subject to extensive quality control and physiological and molecular characterization by our central services. In addition, DSMZ provides an extensive documentation and detailed diagnostic information on the biological materials. The unprecedented diversity and quality management of its bioressources render the DSMZ an internationally reknown supplier for science, diagnostic laboratories, national reference centers, as well as industrial partners.
For the sample ordering of strains, cell lines, cell pellets, DNA, plant cells and plant viruses, fee is required. The DSMZ is the most diverse collection worldwide: alongside fungi, yeasts, bacteria and archaea, human and animal cell cultures, as well as plant viruses and plant cell cultures are explored and archived there as well.
The DSMZ consists of four collection departments (Microorganisms, Human and Animal Cell Lines, Plant Cell Lines, Plant Viruses) and a dedicated research unit `Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research`.
Furthermore the units `Central Services` and ' Patent Depository' offer a broad range of services to support the scientific community.
DSMZ is member of Leibniz Association.