The availability of quality-controlled, standardized, and well-documented living microbial cultures and other pathogens is a precondition for successful translational research. The infrastructure "Pathogen Repository" is located at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures in Braunschweig and is continually being extended. Particularly in recent years the number of collected pathogens and producers increased to about 2000 strains. The Pathogen Repository maintains bacteria as well as fungi and bacteriophages and provides them to researchers. Moreover the collection of strains of specific interest for partner sites (i.e. the microbiome) is extended.
A central project is the collection and characterization of key strains from recent outbreaks of nosocomial multi resistant bacteria. Genomes of key bacterial pathogen strains are sequenced and genomic information is provided. Training modules for professional handling of pathogens are being developed for DZIF researchers.