The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Which samples can be deposited?

The Biobank accepts samples that have been preserved for molecular analysis (e.g. extracted DNA, tissue in 96% ethanol, or cell cultures) and that have been documented extensively (detailed collecting/field information if possible, and taxonomic identifcation down to at least genus level).
The samples should also be referenced to a voucher specimen (for morphological examination) deposited in a public collection. If there is absolutely no other way, this may be a high-quality, informative photographic eVoucher.
Very small animals (up to ca. 4 cm) can enter the Biobank as complete individuals. It can be indicated which body parts / characters should be saved during tissue sampling.
The LIB Biobank runs a cell culture laboratory.
Sample storage and maintenance are free of charge for donors. When depositing very large numbers of samples, however, we would like to ask for an initial contribution to alleviate the expenses (NB: it is a smart move to show funders - already in your application - your commitment to a sustainable handling of the samples; we can help with the appropriate wording).
Samples can be blocked for requests from third parties for a specified period. Should they wish so, sample donors can also be asked for their consent when a request for the respective sample is made.
For sample depositions, please contact us directly: biobank [at]

Contact person

Head of Section
Biobank Curator
+49 228 9122-357
+49 228 9122-6357
j.astrin [at]