Scientific collections


The DNA Bank of Senckenberg and BiK-F

Molecular data, particularly DNA sequences, are increasingly important for biosystematics, ecology and nature conservation. DNA sequences and fingerprints is routinely generated by many research groups because some of the most interesting questions about the evolution of life or the interactions between organisms in ecosystems cannot be answered without such data. The Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum (SGN) houses millions of collections that form a huge archive for basic research in this field.


DNA-Bank: Herbarbeleg DNA-Bank

At room temperature, DNA slowly degrades. It is technically difficult to isolate intact DNA from old museum collections. Therefore, the DNA Bank of the SGN and the Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F) stores isolated genomic DNA of all organismal groups at –80 °C and makes samples available for researchers. The DNA bank was installed in 2007 following a generous donation by the Ernst Max von Grunelius-Stiftung and is run jointly by the SGN and BiK-F.

For most of the DNA samples voucher specimens are stored in the collections of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum. Information on vouchers (scientific names, locality data, collectors, dates) are available through the Senckenberg collection database SeSam – currently, the new database system AQUiLA is being developed.

DNA Bank, Grunelius-Moellgaard-Labor
Abteilung Botanik und Molekulare Evolutionsforschung
Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main