Compendium of Actinobacteria

The Compendium of Actinobacteria is an electronic manual including the important bacterial group of the actinomycetes compiled by PD Dr. Joachim Wink at Sanofi-Aventis. Since October 2012 he is employed at the HZI-Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig (

The species descriptions include the documentation of the colony growth in pictures as well as the microstructure by scanning electron microscopy. About 2150 species belonging to more than 180 genera are described in the current version which will be emended every year.

The microorganisms have been cultivated and characterized in the laboratories of Sanofi-Aventis Germany during the last 15 years. The work is carried out in a strong collaboration with the DSMZ and its researchers. The basis of the compendium was part of the habilitation at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina at Brunswick.

The methods for the taxonomic description of the Actinobacteria are documented in this PDF File.

A PDF file with links to all single PDF files of the compendium - sorted by species name - and with links to the relevant DSM numbers can be downloaded here.