Bergey Medal winner Dr. Peter Schumann retires
(Braunschweig - 24 January 2020): "Dr. rer. nat. Peter Schumann is one of the last two proven experts worldwide in the field of chemical analysis of bacterial cell walls", Professor Dr. Jörg Overmann, Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, emphasised the importance of the Bergey Medal winner's scientific expertise at the award ceremony in November 2019. On 31 January 2020, the world-renowned researcher will have his last working day after 28 years in the laboratories of the DSMZ on the Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd. There, Peter Schumann has headed the Chemical Analysis group for almost 20 years, offering services in the fields of chemotaxonomy, Maldi-TOF MS and RiboPrinting.
Since 1984, the scientist was employed at the IMET-Culture Collection of the former German Democratic Republic at the Central Institute for Microbiology and Expert Therapy in Jena. This collection was incorporated by the DSMZ and Peter Schumann followed to Braunschweig. Schumann's publication list comprises 522 publications in journals; he is co-author of renowned books in the field of bacterial taxonomy, including Bergey's Manual and the Handbook Prokaryotes. Peter Schumann is a member of the editorial board of the Digital Atlas of Actinomycetes since 2013 and honorary member of the Hungarian Society of Microbiology. In 2008 a newly discovered actinobacterium was named after him, Schumannella luteola.
Peter Schumann would like to remain faithful to systematics and evolutionary research in his retirement and plans to devote more time to his hobby: the classification and identification of fossils found in fields around him.
Sven-David Müller, Head of Public Relations, Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH
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The Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures is the world's most diverse collection of biological resources (bacteria, archaea, protists, yeasts, fun-gi, bacteriophages, plant viruses, genomic bacterial DNA as well as human and animal cell lines). Microorganisms and cell cultures are collected, investigated and archived at the DSMZ. As an institution of the Leibniz Association, the DSMZ with its extensive scientific services and biological resources has been a global partner for research, science and industry since 1969. The DSMZ is the first registered collection in Europe (Regulation (EU) No. 511/2014) and certified according to the quality standard ISO 9001:2015. As a patent depository, it offers the only possibility in Germany to deposit biological material in accordance with the requirements of the Budapest Treaty. In addition to scientific services, research is the second pillar of the DSMZ. The institute, located on the Science Campus Braunschweig-Süd, accommodates more than 72,500 cultures and biomaterials and has 198 employees. www.dsmz.de
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