Mycoplasma Diseases of Crops: Basic and Applied Aspects

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Mycoplasmas are placed in a separate class, Mollicutes, which removes them from bacteria. Their main characteristics are lack of a cellular wall and inability to synthesize the peptidoglycan polymer. The lack of a cell wall accounts for the pleomorphism, osmotic sensitivity, sensitivity to antibiotics that inhibit pep- tidoglycan polymerization and synthesis, susceptibility to lysis by alcohol and detergents, and the ability to grow on agar gel. At present, three families are placed in the class Mollicutes: Mycotaceae, ...

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