Leibniz-Institute DSMZ Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (DSMZ)

P20 DSMZThe Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (founded in 1968) is the national Resource Centre for the deposition, maintenance and provision of microorganisms and cell cultures, and located in Braunschweig, Germany. It represents one of the largest biological resource centers worldwide with collections currently comprising about 20,000 bacterial and 5,000 fungal strains, 700 human and animal cell lines, 800 plant cell lines, 1,000 plant viruses and antisera, and 4,800 different types of bacterial genomic DNA. The DSMZ is located in its own building that comprises 5.679 square meters of office and laboratory space, and a bank of freeze-dried cultures located in the basement. The infrastructure consists of the five departments Microorganisms, Microbial Ecology and Diversity Research, Human and Animal Cell Cultures, Plant Cell Cultures and Plant Virology. A Central Services unit is available that combines facilities for chemotaxonomic, physiological and molecular characterization with high throughput sequencing apparatus. A Bioinformatics unit has been established for the comparative analysis of microbial genomes and transriptomes. The trans-sectoral research of the DSMZ focuses on (1) genome evolution and population genetics, (2) improved methods for the access and ex situ preservation of biodiversity, and (3) molecular mechanisms of biological interactions (symbioses, mechanisms of disease, cancer). The current number of employees is 141, including 40 scientists (Ph.D.; microbiologists, botanists, physicians), and 2 professors, teaching at the Technical University Braunschweig. The annual number of Ph.D. students is 15.


Contact person: Jörg Overmann ( joerg.overmann@dsmz.de )

Website: www.dsmz.de


Role of DSMZ in MaCuMBA:

DSMZ will contribute innovative high-throughput approaches for the cultivation of novel types of marine bacteria (WP2 and 3). The work will focus on the identification, physiological stimulation assessed by flow cytometry (WP2) and transcriptomics approaches (WP6). Cultivation targeting novel types involve diluted media, chemotaxis enrichments, novel substrates, signal compounds and solid attachment substrates (WP2 and 3). DSMZ will maintain novel isolates in collections and maintain high level quality controls (WP4), and will participate in initial screening (WP7). Specialists of DSMZ will also provide input to legal issues such as CBD, the Nagoya Protocol and ABS.


Profile of staff engaged in the project:

Joerg Overmann 2

Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Konstanz, was Assistant Professor in Oldenburg, Professor of Microbiology at the LMU München (2000-2010) and is the managing director of DSMZ, Professor of Microbiology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and also head of the DSMZ Department Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity Research. Research interests are bacterial diversity and population structure, novel cultivation methods, and bacterial symbioses.
Barbel Fosel Dr. Bärbel Fösel is a research scientist in the Department Microbial Ecology and Biodiversity Research and specializes in the identification, isolation and physiological characterization of previously uncultured bacteria from natural community.

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