Deutscher ReferenzGenom Atlas

German hub of the

European Reference Genome Atlas

Building up to the mission of the international ERGA, the German biodiversity genomics community aims at generating high-quality reference genomes of the German eukaryotic biodiversity:

Our initiative interconnects biodiversity genomics expertise throughout Germany, including scientific excellence of Universities, research museums and academic institutions, NGS sequencing competence, HPC-infrastructure and translational knowledge transfer.
DeRGA pillars
Network of scientists

Creating and consolidating a collaborative and interdisciplinary network of scientists across Germany and other European countries

Connection of infrastructure
Connecting relevant infrastructure across Germany following a distributed model that can dynamically increase
Training and knowledge transfer
Propagating guidelines for state-of-the-art genome establishment through training and knowledge transfer
International Symposium on
"Reference genomes for biodiversity"

This symposium brings together leading scientists of all disciplines working on biodiversity genomics. Are you interested in microeukaryotes, wildflowers, soil invertebrates, marine invertebrates, algae, and/or other species with tricky and fascinating genomes?

Then join us in the beautiful city of Cologne to discuss recent advances and challenges in the field, and how we move forward as a scientific community in Germany and Europe.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Rosa Fernandes, IBE Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr Rebekah Oomen, University of Osla and University of Agder, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Mark Blaxter, DToL Project Leader, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer, University of Konstanz

Germany has described over 20.000 species in it's territory, now we need high-quality reference genomes for all of them.

DeRGA Community
Our community of scientists and stakeholders in Germany is diverse. Currently counting 94 members, we work on algae, mammals, reptiles, corals, insects, protists and much more. We aim to be comprehensive and inclusive.
Astrid Böhne
German representative to ERGA council
Ann-Marie Waldvogel
German representative to ERGA council
Philipp Schiffer
Germany's pilot study spokesperson
Institutions involved

With specialists on all major taxa, we have the expertise and interest for approaching every species you could think of in the country.

Establishing the Reference Genome Atlas with high quality genomes for all eukaryotic species in Germany will be fundamental for the advancement of sustainable conservation effort.

How biodiversity genomics can aid nature conservation
DeRGA pilot study
A community effort for capacity building through a pilot sequencing project.
Species lists
An effort to create comprehensive lists of all species and their distribution to prepare for a holistic biodiversity genomics program.
German species list - ZFMK
List of all reported species in Germany in collaboration with Barcode of Life
The European Nematode Genome Map

If you want to contribute data and information of your taxon of interest, please download the template spreadsheet and forward your species list to

Association to larger genome initiatives
DeRGA partners and collaborators

DeRGA is interconnecting expertise across disciplines and partners to build a strong biodiversity genomics network.

Join DeRGA = Join ERGA
Membership in DeRGA directly results in the membership in the
pan-European ERGA consortium.
Photo credits: Astrid Böhne, Ann-Marie Waldvogel, Matthias Heil, Leon Pauleikhoff
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