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The DNA Repository at ZSM was established in spring 2007 during the project DNA Bank which was funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG). The collection at ZSM holds departmental collections of the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB) and offers assistance for SNSB researchers in curation and management of tissue and DNA samples as well as obligations and responsibilities resulting out of the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol and respective European and Germany laws regulating utilisation of biological material stored in ex-situ collection.

The SNSB, as part of the CETAF consortium of non-commercial scientific institutions in Europe, fully endorse the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Nagoya. Together with CETAF, the SNSB have co-developed and adopted the CETAF Code of Conduct for Access and Benefit-Sharing, together with a clear Use Statement and Best Practices, to comply with European Access and Benefit Sharing legislation (further details here).

ZSM’s DNA Repository centralises maintenance and standardises procedures with the intention to guarantee long-term accessibility and conservation of these genetic resources. Samples are stored in walk-in freezers and mechanical upright freezers at -80°C, -25°C or +4°C depending on the curatorial needs of the specimens. Unique IDs of samples links genetic material with associated metadata of respective voucher material and allows traceability of extracts and associated museum specimens held on storage in SNSB collections.
closeup of 2D-barcode tubes
DNA samples are stored in individually labelled 2D-barcode tubes (96-well format) at -80°C to guarantee optimal DNA storage conditions and a secure sample identification management.
Inquiries for DNA or tissue samples for non-commercial scientific research, education, and conservation need approval of SNSB’s departmental curators. Processing of external requests at SNSB and ZSM is guided by the CETAF Code of Conduct. Enquirers of biological material are required to agree to use specimens and associated data in compliance with international laws and conventions under which the biological material was originally collected, and have to sign respective Material Transfer Agreements before specimens are transferred.

For further information, or to deliver or order DNA please contact the staff of the DNA Repository.

Webseite DNA-Bank Mitarbeiter:

Dipl.-Biol. Dirk Neumann

Christina Laibl, MSc

  • Tel.: +49-(0) 89 8107-256