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Abstract

Intracellular multiplication and pathogenic action of mollicutes isolated from plants in non-vector insects.

Abstract

The causal agent of phyllody in Trifolium repens and mycoplasmas from the flowers of Brassica oleracea and rosemary, cultivated in vitro, were found to multiply intensively in different cells of Galleria mellonella (L.), causing pathogenic symptoms and premature death in the larvae. Both flower mycoplasmas reproduced also in Drosophila melanogaster Mg., likewise causing sickness and death, but only those from B. oleracea in D. virilis Sturt. The significance of this peculiar affinity and its possible application in the study of plant mycoplasmas are discussed.