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Plant and Insect Mycoplasma Techniques

  • M. J. Daniels
  • P. G. Markham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 3-8
  2. D. B. Archer, M. J. Daniels
    Pages 9-39
  3. R. F. Whitcomb, L. M. Black
    Pages 40-81
  4. Henry Waters
    Pages 101-151
  5. Randolph E. McCoy, Donna S. Williams
    Pages 152-173
  6. C. H. Liao, T. A. Chen
    Pages 174-200
  7. R. Townsend, M. J. Daniels
    Pages 268-306
  8. P. G. Markham
    Pages 307-326
  9. M. A. Stephens, M. J. Daniels
    Pages 327-358
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 359-369

About this book

Introduction

Only 14 years have passed since the first publication appeared which implicated mycoplasmas as agents of plant disease. The diseases them­ selves have been known for much longer; indeed clover phyllody, a typical example, was described in the seventeenth century, well before any animal mycoplasma diseases had been documented. The early history of plant mycoplasmas is described in Chapter 2 and one obvious conclusion to be drawn from the frustrating experiences of the earlier workers is that the experimental methods at their disposal were simply inadequate for the task. Progress in science depends critically upon the development of new methods. Although important advances have been made in plant and insect mycoplasmology, notably in the discovery of spiroplasmas, many intractable problems remain. Most plant myco­ plasmas cannot yet be cultured in vitro, and their natural plant habitat, the phloem, is one of the most difficult plant tissues for the experi­ menter to handle, placing severe restrictions on the type of experiments which can be performed in vivo. It is clear that radically new methods may be required to solve these problems. A survey of the progress which has been made shows that application of techniques from a wide range of disciplines has been necessary. A successful individual or group of workers must possess the skills of a plant pathologist, a plantsman, a plant physiologist, a light-and electron microscopist, a bacteriologist, a biochemist, an immunologist, an ento­ mologist, a virologist and a molecular geneticist.

Keywords

biology development insects plants science

Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. Daniels
    • 1
  • P. G. Markham
    • 1
  1. 1.John Innes InstituteNorwichEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-1164-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-015-1166-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1164-3
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