Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, PO: 14195 (Germany)
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin, PO: 14195 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United States
Participating Countries
Czech Republic
United States
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2009
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The DNA Bank Network was established in spring 2007 and was funded until 2011 by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The network was initiated by GBIF Germany (Global Biodiversity Information Facility). It offers a worldwide unique concept. DNA bank databases of all partners are linked and are accessible via a central web portal, providing DNA samples of complementary collections (microorganisms, protists, plants, algae, fungi and animals). The DNA Bank Network is a founding member of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) and is coordinating and hosting its technical node (data portal). The DNA Bank Network has six international partners, while the GGBN has more than 30 partners.The Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM) coordinates the network, where the databases and web portals are designed and botanic DNA samples (plants, algae, protists) are stored. The DNA bank of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology Munich (ZSM) focuses on safeguarding DNA of invertebrates, lower deuterostomes and fungi. The Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) covers all additional invertebrate groups (invertebrates II) and vertebrates. The Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures in Braunschweig (DSMZ) is specialised on DNA storage of micro-organisms, cell lines, and plant viruses.The DNA bank of the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) joined the DNA Bank Network in 2011 as its first international partner. The DNA bank of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) joined the DNA Bank Network in 2012 as its second international partner.

RI Keywords
GBIF, DNA banks, Networking
RI Category
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Natural History Collections
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Reference material repositories
In situ Earth Observatories
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Animal facilities
Cell Culture Facilities
Environmental Management Infrastructures
Genomic, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facilities
Bio-informatics Facilities
Agronomy, Forestry, Plant Breeding Centres
Research Data Service Facilities
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Polar and Cryospheric Research Infrastructures
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Access to DNA and tissue data

The DNA Bank Network provides access to DNA and tissue data and associated information such as voucher specimen data, digital images, links to sequences of all partners in a standardised way.

Pre-ordering of tissue and DNA samples

Via the portal of the DNA Bank Network scientists can pre-order tissue and DNA samples as well as on-demand extractions. The pre-order is forwarded to the responsible DNA and tissue bank.

Deposition of DNA and tissue samples

Scientists can deposit their DNA and tissue samples at partner DNA banks. Furthermore voucher specimens can be deposited at partner collections. The deposition of the underlying voucher specimens in a publicly available natural history collection required for depositing DNA and tissue samples.

BioCASe Provider Software

The BioCASe Provider Software is used to transfer required data ina standardized way (using ABCD data schema).

Additional Data
Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN)