Mission statement

The Bacterial Diversity Metadatabase BacDive is the worldwide largest database for standardized bacterial phenotypic information. Its mission is to mobilize research data on strain level from internal files in culture collections (e.g. CABI, CIP, CCUG, DSMZ) as well as from primary literature and make it freely accessible. Today BacDive offers data on 93,254 bacterial and archaeal strains, including 19,313 type strains and thereby covers approx. 90% of the validly described species. Within over 600 data fields the topics taxonomy, morphology, physiology, origin, molecular data, and cultivation conditions are covered. The database offers systematic access to phenotypic data. BacDive thereby enables queries like "show me all strains that grow under certain conditions” by using the Advanced search or queries like “show me all strains isolated from a marine environment” by using the Isolation source search. With currently 15,357 API® tests for 27,634 strains, BacDive also offers the worldwide largest API® test collection, which can be queried using the API test finder tool.


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Development by Joaquim Sardà and Adam Podstawka

How to cite:

When using BacDive for research please consider citing the following paper:

BacDive in 2022: the knowledge base for standardized bacterial and archaeal data
Lorenz Christian Reimer, Joaquim Sardà Carbasse, Julia Koblitz, Christian Ebeling, Adam Podstawka, Jörg Overmann
Nucleic Acids Research; database issue 2022.

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