Fungilytic Activity of a Species of Verticillium

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Science  25 May 1962:
Vol. 136, Issue 3517, pp. 715-716
DOI: 10.1126/science.136.3517.715


A species of Verticillium arrested the growth of fungi by extracellular secretions on agar media. The lytic agent in the culture filtrates appeared to be thermolabile and was active in vitro on spores of Puccinia graminis. The possibility that the lytic agent is an enzyme has been investigated and purification studies are in progress.