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Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH

Goal: The Leibniz-Institut DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures is the most diverse collection of biological resources (bacteria, Archaea, protists, yeast, fungi, bacteriophages, plant viruses, genomic bacterial DNA as well as human and animal cell lines. At the DSMZ microorganisms and cell lines are collected, investigated and preserved. As part of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft the DSMZ (and its comprehensive scientific services and biological resources) is a global partner for research and industry since 1969. The DSMZ is Europe's first Registered Collection (Regulation (EU) No 511/2014) and certified according to the quality standard ISO 9001:2015. Within Germany the DSMZ is the only depositary for biological material according to the Budapest Treaty. In addition to the scientific service the research is the second main pillar of the DSMZ. The non-profit institute, located at the Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd, hosts more than 80,000 biological resources and biomaterial and employs 198 employees.

Impressum: https://www.dsmz.de/imprint.html

Date: 1 January 1969

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📣 Schon reingehört? In „Date a Scientist“, dem Fragen-Podcast der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft beantworten Forschende aus den Leibniz-Instituten Fragen, die ihr schon immer mal zu eurem Lieblingsthema stellen wolltet. Wer bestimmt, was man online sagen darf? Und warum forscht man an Muschelschalen? Diese Fragen werden in den ersten beiden Folgen des Podcasts von Forschenden beantwortet. Hier gibt’s was auf die Ohren 👉 https://bit.ly/3NfAsui
 
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Did you miss the NFDI InfraTalk on “Current developments in the global Genome Commons and challenges for service provision in NFDI”? It’s now available via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odNBeqav2eQ
Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann and Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner talked about digital sequence information (DSI), a term used in the context of certain international political bodies, in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity. DSI refers to all genetic resource data, generally from nucleic acid sequence data to protein sequence data. These data are stored in many international and interlinked databases and are available and important for the research community. At the moment there is a worldwide discussion to restrict access to these data. This can have devastating effects on international research, which also collide with the interests and aims of NFDI.
 
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More than a 1000 researchers worldwide have now signed the DSIScientificNetwork's Open Letter, calling for open & equitable sharing of genetic sequence data from biodiversity https://www.dsiscientificnetwork.org/open-letter/
 
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💐 Congratulations to Jessica Lilienthal and Christoph Sicking for winning the prize for the best poster and the best talk at the 54th annual meeting of the DPG working group Virus Diseases of Plants. Congrats also to Björn Krenz, who was elected the new leader of the working group!
 
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📻 Amber Hartman Scholz from DSMZ was guest in the podcast The Oxford Comment and talked about recent findings on usage and sharing of digital sequence information and the importance of #OpenDSI
 
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In case you missed the discussion on “SeqCode: an alternative code for naming the uncultivated”, it is now available from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD9By6dG4-A
 
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Do you know the „10 Must Knows from the Biodiversity Science”?
The Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity, in which the DSMZ is a partner, compiled the main facts about biodiversity and shows ways to stop its loss.
 
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Join us to discuss New Horizons in Accessing Microbial Diversity – this year’s motto of ECCO XL. We will have the opportunity to assess The role of Culture Collections in Understanding and Mitigating Global Challenges as well as The Future of Digital Collections.
The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, which entered into force on 12 October, 2014, remains more relevant than ever. Hence, Challenges of Sharing and Exchanging Resources will be another prominent topic of our meeting.
And finally, the two additional topics Emerging Collections and New Services are expected to uncover innovative future perspectives.
The registration is open now – until the 25 May!
 
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DSMZ director Jörg Overmann joins the 13th session of the Bergey’s International Society for Microbial Systematics monthly series on April 16.
Topic of the virtual discussion is “SeqCode: an alternative code for naming the uncultivated”
 
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📣 Preliminary program of ECCO XL is out: “New Horizons in Accessing Microbial Diversity”
Registration will open soon.
 
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Did you miss our virtual discussion on the use of data, digital sequence information and biodiversity? You can now re-watch: https://youtu.be/90Ye4O2XPUo
 
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Am 15. März 2022 findet zwischen 18.00 und 19.30 Uhr die Abendveranstaltung "Auf dem Weg zur Weltnaturkonferenz - welche Weichen für die deutsche und europäische Politik gilt es jetzt zu stellen?" des Netzwerk-Forums zur Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland und der Deutschen Bundesstiftung Umwelt statt.
Bundesumweltministerin Steffi Lemke gehört zum Panel der Vortragenden. Zum Panel gehört auch Jörg Overmann mit dem Impulsvortrag "Warum ist das Thema DSI so wichtig in der globalen Biodiversität?".
Die Veranstaltung findet im Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, statt und wird als Livestream übertragen: https://www.ufz.de/nefo/index.php?de=49125
 
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41 researchers from 17 countries offer a compromise on the controversial topic #DigitalSequenceInformation in a new paper in the journal Nature Communications. The researchers explain why a policy solution on DSI is pressingly needed, and propose a mechanism that would support biodiversity conservation while also better sharing the benefits from DSI research.
 
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🧬 Genes are the power of life – listen to the latest episode of A Cup of BiodiversiTea and learn from our Amber Hartman Scholz how genes influence even the “invisible world” like microbes 🧫🦠
 
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Listen to the latest episode of the GNP HuB’s podcast, introducing the ABS Clearing House. Enjoy listening!
 
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New ´fast track´ Access and Benefit-Sharing Agreement for Costa Rican microbes: simplified processes for the deposit and use of bioresources available from the DSMZ collection established
 
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Digital Sequence Information and possible restrictions: study from DSMZ and IPK Leibniz Institute shows that use of DSI is no one-way-street
 
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📣 Herzlichen Glückwunsch! 💐Jörn Petersen wurde zum außerplanmäßigen Professor ernannt
 
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Congratulations! Dr. Sami Ullah is the new spokesperson of the Leibniz PostDoc Network. The biologist shares this role with Dr. Marta Ferreira-Gomes from the German Rheumatism Research Centre Berlin.
 
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Kürzlich besuchte die neue Präsidentin der TU Braunschweig, Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, das Leibniz-Institut DSMZ. Wir freuen uns auf eine fruchtbare Zusammenarbeit! Mehr: https://bit.ly/3ceaHdW
 
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DSMZ mycologist Andrey Yurkov and his colleagues review how evolving species concepts have been applied to understand yeast diversity.
 
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What are the sources of contamination? How to prevent it?
 
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Extended deadline: Special Issue „Biosynthesis and Biological Activities of Natural Products” of the journal Molecules. One of the guest editors: Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast from Leibniz Institute DSMZ
 
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Researchers at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ are receiving three-year project funding as part of the DFG Priority Program SoilSystem. In interdisciplinary collaborations, the applicants are investigating e.g. the influence of microbial soil communities on energy and matter fluxes in the soil. https://bit.ly/3nnXu9b
 
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🧫 Have you just published a proposal of a taxon name? It may take time until it is found by the community. Please consider submitting your taxon names and the DOI of the respective paper to the database LPSN: https://lpsn.dsmz.de/taxon-name-proposal
 
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We need your help! Until now, it has been normal for scientists to be able to access digital sequence data. But "open data/open dsi" is in danger! Support us by spreading the position paper "Keep digital sequence information a common good". THANK YOU! https://bit.ly/3iW7KCK
 
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Scientists from Braunschweig identify three new cell lines for SARS-CoV-2 research 🧫
 
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„Globale Probleme wie Artensterben und Rückgang der biologischen Vielfalt, Klimawandel, Pandemien und Hunger können nur bei freiem Zugang zu digitalen Sequenzinformationen gelöst werden!“, so Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann. Ohne den freien Zugang auf digitale Sequenzinformationen (DSI) funktioniert Wissenschaft national, europäisch und international nicht und daher müssen digitalen Sequenzinformationen als Gemeingut erhalten bleiben. Jörg Overmann gehört zu den Unterzeichnern des Positionspapiers des Leibniz-Forschungsnetzwerks Biodiversität. Die Stellungnahme setzt sich für den Erhalt der digitalen Sequenzinformationen als freies öffentliches Gut ein und ist unter anderem an die zuständigen Direktorate der EU Kommission gerichtet. Das Positionspapier trägt die Unterschriften von 430 Forschenden aus zehn EU-Mitgliedsstaaten. Sprecher des Netzwerkes sind die Wissenschaftler Jörg Overmann (DSMZ), Kirsten Thonicke (PIK) und Johannes Vogel (MfN).
 
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💧 Freshwater-specific archaea drive nitrification Germany's largest lake and contribute to safe drinking water 🚰
 
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Mining Indonesian Microbial Biodiversity for Novel Natural Compounds by a Combined Genome Mining and Molecular Networking Approach – discovery of nine potential producers of novel secondary metabolites 🧫🔬
 
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🗓️ Save the date for the upcoming DSI Network Webinar Series 👉 https://bit.ly/3gv7s4G
Join the discussion of the implications of an access and benefit sharing system on digital sequence information.
 
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Submissions for the workshop of the special group "International workshop on Biology of Bacteria Producing Natural Products" of the VAAM (22-23 September) are open. More information: https://bit.ly/3q0oomP
 
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Für Professor Jörg Overmann - Wissenschaftlicher Direktor der DSMZ - hieß es gestern "Licht aus - Spot an". Es war ein Dreh für die Aktualisierung des DSMZ-Imagefilms. Tonio Vakalopoulos von der Produktionsgesellschaft mediaVA war für die Technik verantwortlich. Den bisherigen Imagefilm gibt es unter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXYsb61IgT
 
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Nagoya for Newbies – introduction to the world of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) and compliance
 
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Refreshed layout of our online catalogue: the updated display of our microbial resources facilitates access to all relevant information, including access to BacDive (database for metadata) and LPSN (taxonomic database)
 
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Natural product research: a novel bioreporter approach allows for combined bioactivity- and mode of action-informed primary screening for antimicrobials in bacteria
A big challenge in natural product research of today is rapid identification and exclusion of already known substances to free capacities for the exploration of new agents. Prompt information on bioactivities and mode of action (MOA) is required for rational compound optimization.
In a collaborative project between scientists from the University of Tübingen and the DSMZ, a bioreporter approach has been developed, which allows for combined bioactivity- and MOA-informed primary screening for antimicrobials. The study was mainly supported by the German Center of Infection Research (DZIF).
 
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Digital Sequence Information (DSI) and the Nagoya Protocol: The DSI Scientific Network was created in 2020 with the purpose to engage in the debate on Digital Sequence Information. Learn more about its mission and achievements: https://bit.ly/3dyI8JD
 
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Check out the latest publication on cyanobacteria research @ DSMZ 👉 https://bit.ly/3sS3kiZ
 
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Submission open: Special Issue „Biosynthesis and Biological Activities of Natural Products” of the journal Molecules. Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast from Leibniz Institute DSMZ
 
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Aquaculture drives spread of antibiotic resistance in the ocean - researchers discover long-term consequences of antibiotic use
 
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The Archaeon Saccharolobus solfataricus is capable of using phenol as sole carbon source for its growth. Researchers from DSMZ were now the first to identify the complete degradation pathway of the toxic compound in this microorganism. Read more: https://bit.ly/2XHqXgf
 
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As part of the German Nagoya Protocol HuB project coordinated by the Leibniz Institute DSMZ, a website has now gone online that offers researchers support with all questions relating to the legally compliant use of biological resources and helps them to better understand the obligations arising from the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.
 
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Former DSMZ director Erko Stackebrandt and his colleagues from CABI provide insights into how current methods and resources are being used in microbial systematics. How will future look like?
 
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Interested in how to enrich and cultivate plastic-degrading microbial consortia from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems? Then check the latest publication of our Junior Research Group, headed by Dr. Basak Öztürk: https://bit.ly/38gjqLo
 
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Just in time before Christmas the new BacDive update has been released! In numbers: the overall data content of BacDive has increased by 35 %. Currently metadata on 82,892 strains, including 14,208 type strains, are offered. https://bacdive.dsmz.de/
 
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Web of Science currently published the Highly Cited Researcher List 2020, which lists the world’s most cited researchers and according to Lower-Saxony’s Science Minister Björn Thümler “the most influencing” researchers. We are very pleased that among the 6,167 names from 60 different countries also two DSMZ researchers from the field of bioinformatics are listed: PD Dr. Markus Göker and Dr. Jan Philipp Meier-Kolthoff. With a total of 345 researchers, Germany is in fourth place in the ranking list, behind the USA, China and United Kingdom.
 
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🖥 Register now for the upcoming webinar “Systematic Access to Prokaryotic (Meta)Data: An Introduction to the BacDive Database” 👉 https://bit.ly/3pRsFsj Learn how to utilise the data of >81,000 #bacteria and #archaea for your research!
The webinar is part of the ELIXIR webinar series.
 
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Learn more about “DSI, the Nagoya Protocol, and Stakeholders‘ Concerns”, published by #DSMZ scientists Elizabeth Karger and Amber Hartmann Scholz in the latest Trends in Biotechnology issue 👉 https://bit.ly/3nFnwl5
 
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Plastic waste is increasingly becoming an environmental problem. Even the introduction of biodegradable plastic in the production of coffee cups, for example, has not contributed to reducing waste. Although biodegradable plastic can be used in part by microorganisms as a food source, knowledge of the degradation processes is still incomplete. For example, the degradation of plastics in the marine environment has not yet been well studied. In their current study, Dr. Basak Öztürk and her team have now investigated how marine microorganisms decompose and recycle biodegradable plastic. They now published their results in the renowned journal Nature Communications 👉 https://bit.ly/3kCnSXP
 
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Special issue on NKL Homeobox Genes in Normal and Aberrant Hematopoiesis with guest editor Dr. Stefan Nagel from Leibniz Institute DSMZ.
 
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🧐 Reading time: Aberrant expression of NKL homeobox genes HMX2 and HMX3 interferes with cell differentiation in acute myeloid leukemia, published by our colleagues from the Dept. of Human and Animal Cell Lines 👉 https://bit.ly/2IWaP6v (currently labelled as highlight on the journal webpage 😎)
 
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„Wem gehören die Corona-Impfstoffe?“ Experten der DSMZ und des VBIO beantworten dem Laborjournal diese spannende Frage. Lest selbst 👉 https://bit.ly/3767ID1
 
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Researchers around Yvonne Mast from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ have for the first time deciphered part of the autoregulation in the biosynthesis of the antibiotic pristinamycin. The researchers have now published their results in the internationally renowned journal Frontiers in Microbiology
 
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Leibniz Institute DSMZ and IPK Gatersleben are thrilled to announce the virtual launch of Digital Sequence Information policy options paper on October 7th (2-4.30 pm CET). For more information visit https://bit.ly/3hDDFEs!
 
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Am 02. September unterzeichnete die Geschäftsführung des Leibniz-Instituts DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann, links, und Bettina Fischer, rechts) zusammen mit Prof. Dr. Dieter Jahn, Geschäftsführender Leiter des Instituts für Mikrobiologie an der TU und Sprecher des Braunschweiger Zentrum für Systembiologie (BRICS), den gemeinsamen Kooperationsvertrag. Bislang war die DSMZ assoziierter Partner im BRICS – jetzt ist sie neben der TU und HZI Vollmitglied! Der Vertrag dient zur Zusammenarbeit im Bereich der Systembiologie und der Bioinformatik. Insbesondere wird angestrebt, die Aktivitäten der DSMZ auf dem Gebiet der bakteriellen Metabolomik in den Metabolomics-Schwerpunkt der TU Braunschweig synergistisch und komplementär zu integrieren. Außerdem hat die DSMZ ein hochauflösendes Massenspektrometer zur gemeinsamen Nutzung in die Kooperation eingebracht.
 
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🧐 DYK: September 17 is #InternationalMicroorganismDay! The organisers provide a 24 hours online program with talks, discussions and webinars 🖥 Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about microbes 🔬🦠🧫🧬💊🍺🍞🧀
 
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Online now: the website of the research project DIASPora („Digital Approaches for the Synthesis of Poorly Accessible Biodiversity Information“) 👉 https://diaspora-project.de/.
DIASPora is aimed to use digital methods to find, merge and publish information about the diversity of bacteria that is currently difficult to access but highly relevant. Scientists from a multitude of disciplines from Leibniz Institute DSMZ, Leibniz-TIB and ZB MED are collaborating within the framework of the project.
 
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🧐 Reading time: Blind spots in global soil biodiversity and ecosystem function research
What are the priorities to support and expand soil macroecological research?
Check out the concept developed by a consortium of international scientists
 
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The recent study by Dr. Öztürk shows the possibility of avoiding hotspots of herbicide contamination: water used to clean farm equipment after herbicide application. Normally, this highly contaminated water seeps into the soil and thus leads to extremely high contamination of the groundwater at certain points. However, this can be prevented by using a simple procedure.
 
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DSMZ scientists introduce a publicly accessible database within EnteroBase that automatically retrieves and assembles C. difficile short-reads from the public domain, and calls alleles for core-genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST). So far, more than 18,250 quality-controlled C. difficile genomes are available. 👉 https://bit.ly/2DWxFbm
 
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DSMZ researchers performed a first study to quantify the dependence on wind velocity of airborne bacterial 35 emission fluxes from soil. It demonstrates that manure bacteria get aerosolized from fertilized soil more easily than soil bacteria, and it applies bacterial genomic sequencing for the first time to trace environmental fecal contamination back to its source in the chicken barn. https://doi.org/10.1111/1751-7915.13632
 
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Dr. Imen Nouioui, curator for Actinomycetes at the DSMZ, has been awarded the Skerman Award 2020 by the World Federation for Culture Collection (WFCC) for her outstanding work in the field of Actinobacteria.
Imen will present her Skerman Award Lecture at the digital conference of the WFCC-MIRCEN World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) in September.
More information about Imen’s work at the DSMZ can be found here: https://bit.ly/2BrJsO9
 
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Check out BacDive's brand new dashboard to get a fast overview about the BacDive data and start searching for interesting microbes right away. (best experience on desktop pc) https://bacdive.dsmz.de/dashboard
 
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The Leibniz Institute DSMZ participates within the framework of the national research data infrastructure (NFDI) as co-applicant in the consortium NFDI4BioDiversity and thus contributes significantly to shaping the future of research data. 👉 https://bit.ly/2NMsL2o
 
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Was ihr schon immer über die DSMZ wissen wolltet - ER hat nachgefragt.
Während seines Besuchs an der DSMZ in der letzten Woche hat uns Dr. Mark Benecke viele Fragen gestellt und fleißig gefilmt. Den Director's Cut könnt ihr auf YouTube abrufen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNz81_GMfF8 Danke Mark für die erfrischende Darstellung unseres Instituts!
 
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Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal investigates the potential influence of bacteria like Prevotella spp. on the susceptibility for inflammatory bowel diseases. For more information on her research check out today's press release: https://bit.ly/2XT6uFW
 
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On May 1st, Laura Steenpaß was welcomed as new head of the Department for Human and Animal Cell Cultures at the Leibniz-Institute German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd. The biologist and newly appointed Professor for Cell Biology at the TU Braunschweig succeeds Prof. Hans G. Drexler, MD, who founded and led the department for 30 years.
More information: https://bit.ly/3dOZH5L
 
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Müll zum Mittag – Die Evolution der Plastikfresser – so lautet der Titel eines Berichts über die Arbeit von Dr. Başak Öztürk im aktuellen Magazin Science Notes. Im Heft zum Thema Meer berichtet Başak über ihre Forschung an marinen Bakterien, die in der Lage sind, Plastik zu zersetzen.
Mehr Infos über Başaks Forschung findet ihr auf unserer Website: https://bit.ly/3gxQVea
 
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#SaveTheDate: Webinar with Dr. Björn Krenz from DSMZ. The leader of the Independent Junior Research Group VirusInteract will talk about "Plant vs. Virus: Comparative transcriptomic analysis of single TuMV-infected micro-dissected plant cells"
When: 9 June 2020, 4 p.m.
 
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Lesefutter: In der neuen BIOspektrum ist ein Artikel zur Arbeit von Prof.‘in Yvonne Mast erschienen. Es geht um einen Ansatz der synthetischen Biologie zur fermentativen Produktion von D-Phenylglycin. Hier geht’s zum Artikel: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12268-020-1361-y
 
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Our Department of Microorganisms is offering jointly with the TU Braunschweig two PhD positions within the Sino-German Training Group "Geo-ecosystems in transition on the Tibetan Plateau". The positions are allocated to project W5a and W5b, respectively. More information: https://bit.ly/2WHlKEc
 
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A team of researchers led by Professor Dr. Yvonne Mast from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ have developed a new strategy for the activation of silent antibiotic gene clusters. They showed that the Streptomyces Antibiotic Regulatory Protein (SARP), a regulator that controls the biosynthesis of antibiotics in streptomycetes, can be used as a general activator of various antibiotic gene clusters. The research data on how SARPs can be used to identify and specifically switch on inducible gene clusters have been published in the internationally renowned journal Frontiers in Microbiology. For more information see our press release: https://bit.ly/2VcN1xG
 
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Die Hochburg von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen im niedersächsischen Braunschweig erhält das Zertifikat zum audit berufundfamilie mit dauerhaftem Charakter.
Mehr Infos hier: https://bit.ly/3dxMWwS
 
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A team led by Professor Yvonne Mast from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH in Braunschweig has succeeded in establishing a fermentative pathway for the production of D-phenylglycine - an important building block for products of the pharmaceutical industry. The researchers have now published their results in the internationally renowned journal Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. The newly established synthesis pathway opens up the possibility of producing important building blocks for antibiotics, sweeteners or deodorants in an environmentally friendly and resource-saving way.
 
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Bacterial nomenclature or what is the correct name for my bacterium?
The DSMZ has launched an innovative database that significantly improves the taxonomic search. The two established databases Prokaryotic Nomenclature Up-to-date (PNU) and List of Prokaryotic names with Standing in Nomenclature (LPSN) have been merged. Give it a try at https://lpsn.dsmz.de
 
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Internationally renowned leukemia-lymphoma researcher and head of the Department for Human and Animal Cell Cultures, Prof. Hans Günther Drexler MD of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, will enter retirement on 31st December 2019. The hematologist took over the reins of the DSMZ-Department on 1st May 1989, when it was newly founded, and went on to build it up as one of the world’s leading collection and research departments. 
 
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New yeast species discovered in Braunschweig, Germany
Microbiologist Dr. Andrey M. Yurkov of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ) isolated a new yeast from tree sap in the Braunschweig districts of Stöckheim and Gartenstadt. In the spring seasons of 2016 and 2019, sap samples were taken from trees and shrubs (birch and beech trees, hornbeams, dogwood) that had been injured by annual pruning. It is well-known that the sugary sap of trees can host a wide range of microorganisms, including yeasts – but the variety of yeasts present in tree sap is as yet unknown. The yeast that Dr. Yurkov recently discovered bears the name Mrakia fibulata sp. nov (DSM 103931). “Species of the Mraki class tend to prefer cold habitats such as glaciers, ice and permafrost. Mrakia fibulata is the first of these yeasts to grow at a temperature of more than 20°C”, states the renowned mycologist.
For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2qRwbZU
 
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Peter Schumann, one of the world's last two renowned experts in the field of chemical analysis of bacterial cell walls, received the Bergey Medal 2019 from the Vice President of the Bergey Manual Trust, Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Kämpfer. The award ceremony took place during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the DSMZ. The first congratulator was German Federal Minister Anja Karliczek. More information: https://bit.ly/35zneDo
 
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Peter Schumann, einer der weltweit letzten beiden ausgewiesenen Experten im Bereich der chemischen Analytik von Bakterienzellwänden, erhielt die Bergey Medal 2019 vom Vizepräsidenten des Bergey Manual Trust, Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Kämpfer. Die Auszeichung fand im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 50jährigen Bestehen der DSMZ statt. Erste Gratulanting war Bundesministerin Anja Karliczek. Mehr Infos unter https://bit.ly/37Hwwz2
 
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„Killerkeime - wenn Antibiotika nicht mehr wirken“ - Das ZDF strahlt heute Abend um 20:15 Uhr diesen Dokuthriller aus, der mit Beteiligung unserer Phagenforscher entstanden ist. Viel Spaß beim Schauen!
 
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Scientists from our Junior Research Group „VirusInteract“ present their current research results at the 9th International Geminivirus Symposim and 7th International ssDNA Comparative Virology Workshop.
Don’t miss their lecture on "Investigation of nanoviral M-Rep, CP and NSP interaction complexes: BiFC analyses of wt and deletion proteins by confocal microscopy" (Maria Behnecke), "Role of stress granules in begomoviral infection" (Hendrik Reuper) and "Begomoviral Movement Protein Effects in Human and Plant Cells: Towards New Potential Interaction Partners" (Dr. Björn Krenz) https://bit.ly/33BY0DQ
Pea necrotic yellow dwarf virus infected pea in comparison with a non-infected
 
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2/2 Plant viruses in Rome: Visit our posters on the yellowing viruses in sugar beet and on the tobamovirus, viruses able to infect potatoes or tomatoes.
 
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1/2 Plant viruses in Rome: Dr. Paolo Margaria lectures on the influence of the HAM1 proteins on the course of an infection with the Cassava Brown Streak Virus. @ International Advances in Plant Virology
 
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With the PacBio Sequel II, a 3rd generation PacBio sequencer, ten times the long read throughput of the previous version can be achieved. This is a thousand times higher throughput than with the first PacBio RS device that DSMZ launched in 2012. After a spectacular transport with the freight elevator, the sequencer is now available to researchers for the most accurate analysis of DNA sequences.
 
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This article about chances and challenges of fungal bioresources is worth a read 👉 https://bit.ly/2ZpwvPG ! Btw, the DSMZ currently offers > 2,500 fungi in their public collection 👉https://bit.ly/2ND7fhV
 
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Is phage therapy practicable? This question is investigated by our scientists in the PhageFlow project. They are testing the magistral application of phage cocktails. In addition to the DSMZ, the Fraunhofer ITEM and the Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Berlin are also involved in this research project. More information on this project, which is funded by the Federal Joint Committee, can be found at www.phagoflow.de
 
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Prof. Dr. Yvonne Mast from DSMZ is guest editor of a special issue of the journal "Antibiotics". The journal publishes a new special issue on "Novel Antibiotics from Actinomycetes" in 2020. Contributions are welcome! For details see https://www.mdpi.com/journal/antibiotics/special_issues/anti_Actinomycetes
 
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Are you ready for the upcoming FEMS 2019 in Glasgow? We are 😎 drop in on our booth and find out how the DSMZ can support your research. www.dsmz.de
 
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Peter Schumann from the DSMZ presents a novel database, consisting of MALDI-TOF MS data of DSMZ collection holdings. This metadata, currently comprising information from > 1,000 genera, is used to improve the identification service of the DSMZ. 👉International Congress of the Hungarian Society of Microbiology
 
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We are delighted that our web relaunch has gone off without a hitch. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the new website! You want to know what the new website looks like? Then follow this link: https://www.dsmz.de/
 
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Scientists at DSMZ have assembled a portfolio of 100 outstandingly characterized cancer cell lines, including T-cell, B-cell and myeloid malignancies, that support the development of targeted cancer therapies for personalized medicine. 👉https://go.nature.com/2X45zip
 
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Top of the TOP: the online platform F1000Prime confirms the outstanding importance of the publication "Pyrite formation from FeS and H2S is mediated through microbial redox activity" by our microbiologist Michael Pester for the research landscape. What is it all about? Read it yourself: https://bit.ly/2QAhi6J
 
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Dr. Meina Neumann-Schaal, head of a junior research group at the DSMZ, was elected vice-president of the newly founded organisation last week. The DGMet is dedicated to the research of metabolism and its products.
 
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Since April 1, microbiologist Dr. Yvonne Mast is professor at the TU Braunschweig and head of the Department Bioresources of Bioeconomics and Health Research at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ. The 38-year-old professor joined us from the University of Tübingen and will focus on her research on synthesis of antibiotics. https://bit.ly/2X50hUV
 
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DSMZ scientists develop online tool for genome-based taxonomic classification of bacteria and archaea - TYGS (https://tygs.dsmz.de) Check it out!
 
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DSMZ scientists Dr. Björn Krenz and Dr. Stephan Winter described a new virus that leads to reduced growth of the parsley plant. The publication can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/2JIxzoM
 
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Heute bei uns auf den Schreibtisch geflattert: Die Welt berichtet über die DSMZ
Weitere Pressestimmen zu unserem Institut findet ihr hier https://bit.ly/2Unan1n