Streptomycetes are morphologically among the most complex of bacteria: they grow as a branching mycelium, and characteristically they reproduce by the formation of chains of uninucleoidal spores from specialized aerial hyphae. The formation of aerial hyphae often coincides with antibiotic production and the occurrence of various pleiotropic mutants defective in both processes shows that the study of morphological differentiation may prove relevant to the fermentation industry.


Antibiotic Production Aerial Hypha Stringent Response Fermentation Industry Leucine Codon 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. F. Chater
    • 1
  1. 1.John Innes InstituteColney LaneNorwichUK

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