Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbHNon-profit


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Foundation: 1969

Mission: The mission of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ is the research, provision and use of microbial and cellular biodiversity. The DSMZ is both a research infrastructure used by science and industry for non-commercial purposes and a research institution in the field of microbial biodiversity research. The Leibniz Institute DSMZ is the most diverse biological resource center in the world and one of the largest collections of microorganisms and cell cultures worldwide. With the availability of 80 percent of all formally described bacterial species, the DSMZ hosts the majority of bacterial diversity as well as a globally unique stock of human and animal cell lines, fungal strains, plant viruses, bacteriophages and genomic bacterial DNA for research purposes. The DSMZ is both an active collection and a research institute. The German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures has been a member of the Leibniz Association since 1996 and plays a key role in the national and international biological research community. As a Leibniz Institute, the non-profit DSMZ is supported by the State of Lower Saxony and funded by the Federal Government and the German states. The DSMZ is the first and so far only "Registered Collection" under the EU Regulation 511/2014 for the Nagoya Protocol and the only recognized international depositary in Germany under the Budapest Treaty. The processes carried out at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ are certified according to various independent procedures including ISO / TC 276 Biotechnology, DIN EN ISO 9001, OECD "Best Practice Guidelines for Biological Resource Centres", DIN EN ISO 17025 and ISO Guides 34 and 35.

Vision: Biological resource centers are instrumental for the future advancement of science, public health and bioeconomy. The Leibniz Institute DSMZ meets the challenges of the limited knowledge of microbial biodiversity and its functional implications, the demand for appropriate model systems for basic research, and the shortage of innovative novel bioproducts. With its comprehensive collections of biomaterials and its unique expertise in the areas of cultivation, identification, taxonomy/phylogeny and conservation, the DSMZ also plays a key role for the translation from basic research to applications of biodiversity. The supply, investigation and utilization of biodiversity are the guidelines of the DSMZ.


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Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

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Ranks by Subject areas/categories

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal.

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-27OECDGermany
Agricultural and Biological Sciences +242nd75th62nd170th21st
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1653rd597th492nd1221st121st
Chemistry 85th15th8th49th3rd
Computer Science 2282nd739th667th1437th130th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 1176th426th346th744th65th
Environmental Science 601st161st126th331st30th
Mathematics 1347th448th370th876th84th
Medicine +2097th761st647th1501st124th
Social Sciences +851st327th249th638th54th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

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