Gene Bank

Totalling 151,348 accessions from 2,912 species and 758 genera the IPK Gene Bank holds one of the largest collections of crop plants and their wild relatives.

The IPK Genebank Information System (GBIS) offers the possibility to obtain information about the holdings of the Federal Ex situ Collection by specifying free or scientific search criteria. After creating a user account you have access to the integrated ordering system.

Small quantities of seed and planting material are available for exchange between gene banks and botanical gardens. The Gene Bank of the IPK Leibniz Institute is not a commercial supplier of seeds and plants.

The delivery is made against a handling fee for the provision and shipping of the samples. In general, a standardised Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) must be signed between the recipient and the IPK upon material delivery. After receipt of the signed SMTA or after an online confirmation of the SMTA, the ordered material is usually shipped within four weeks. In the case of large orders, or if the current availability of seed and planting material is limited, processing may take longer. In this case, the purchaser will be informed.

If you have questions about accessions or orders, or general questions about the Genebank Information System or the Gene Bank in general, please contact us. The order itself is usually placed only via the Genebank Information System.


Questions about accessions or the ordering process
Tel.: 039482/ 5109
E-Mail: gbis-bestellung[at]

General questions about the Gene Bank and the Genebank Information System
E-Mail: gbis-info[at]

Information about the Groß Lüsewitz Potato Collections
Tel.: 038209/ 80525
E-Mail: glks[at]


Guest House

There is a guest house on the IPK campus embedded in the beautiful park. 44 fully furnished apartments with one or two rooms are available to employees and guests of the IPK on a daily basis or for short-term rent up to six months.

All apartments have a kitchenette or small kitchen and a bathroom (shower, toilet). The kitchens are equipped with two hotplates, a refrigerator and a sink. Dishes as well as a kettle and coffee maker are part of the equipment.

You can choose between different apartment types (see price list), depending on availability. For rentals of one month or more, a deposit of up to a gross monthly rent must be paid.

In the guest house there are washing machines (coin operated), shared kitchen with oven (coin operated), a small TV room, drying floor / cellar and various storage rooms. A parking space is available.

Alternatively, the guest house management arranges furnished shared apartments of a private landlord near the campus in order to enable newcomers to find short-term accommodation.

Apartment types and prices:

The prices include all additional costs including electricity and WLAN connection.

1) 1-room apartment for gross monthly rent
* 240 EUR (approx. 15 - 20 m²)
* 330 EUR (approx. 20 - 25 m²) - kitchen as a separate room

2) 2-room apartment for gross monthly rent i. H. v.
* 330 EUR (approx. 25 m²; bedroom, study and living room with kitchen niche, some with mini balcony)
* 420 EUR (approx. 30 - 33 m²; bedroom partly with double bed, study and living room with kitchen corner)

3) Shared apartments for 2 people
* 210 EUR p.p. (approx. 30 - 33 m²; shared work / bedroom, kitchen, dining / living room)

One-off costs at the beginning of the rental period:

• Final cleaning fee 65 euros
• Linen package fee 15 euros (bed linen, towels, tea towel, linen exchange service)

Renting the 1-room apartments on a daily basis (up to a month) costs 25 EUR / night (from 15th night 10 EUR) and the 2-room apartments 40 EUR / night (from 15th night 15 EUR) including all costs

Contact guest house:

Contact person: Katrin Menzel
Email: management-gh[at]
Phone: +49 39482 5689



Green Laboratory Gatersleben

The Green Laboratory Gatersleben has been established on the ResearchCampus to promote the education of school students. Its uniqueness is that is the only such school laboratory in Germany with a focus on plant biotechnology. It has been attracting over 5,000 visitors per year. The aim of the Green Laboratory is to provide the younger generation in Saxony-Anhalt and beyond with something extra above what they are taught in school, and in particular to give them an opportunity to experience modern research, especially in the field of plant biotechnology.

We believe in the need to awaken the interest of our young audience in the natural sciences and the environment, to enhance their curiosity about natural phenomena, to encourage them, through their own practical activities, to recognise that these phenomena are governed by certain rules and laws and to educate them to deal responsibly with nature. These aims chime with the second focus of the Green Laboratory, which is to contribute directly to vocational orientation and career preparation, thereby addressing the impending shortage of skilled workers trained in the natural sciences.

Contact Green Laboratory Gatersleben:
Email: info[at]
Phone: +49 39482 796252

More information:


The tasks include traditional work of the library and the maintenance and provision of database of all publications from IPK scientists.

The staff of library is responsible:

  • main source of information of all IPK employees
  • as public library provide your service to external users

The section of Information Service/Documentation is reponsible:

  • Support of Open-Access-Publishing for IPK scientists in closer coordination with research group: Technology Transfer and Legal Matters
  • Update/Maintenance of database from all IPK-Publications
  • provide supporting work for IPK Annual report, annual evaluation report through scientific board
  • draws up regular statistical analyses of IPK publications

Go to the main page of the library here.

Contact Library:
Email biblio[at]
Phone +49 39482 5187

The library’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:00 to 15:00.

For IPK employees, the library is also available outside these hours.


The IPK stores a large volume of research results and information in various databases. The worldwide community can access much of this information online via various web-based user interfaces. The topics range from biological and plant resources to molecular biological data to weather information. The size of the data sets varies widely, all the way from single measurements to plant phenotype data sets of size reaching the hundreds of gigabytes. These web services of the Institute are an important component for the development of the IPK and the Federal Ex situ Gene Bank into a bio digital Resource Centre and enables FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable) access to the data.

Contact Bioinformatics:
Phone : +49 39482 5513
Email: bioinformatics[at]