Plant-Pathogenic Mycoplasma-Like Organism: Maintenance in vitro and Transmission to Zea mays L

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Science  20 Mar 1970:
Vol. 167, Issue 3925, pp. 1633-1636
DOI: 10.1126/science.167.3925.1633


Mycoplasma-like bodies, isolated from corn plants that were infected with Rio Grande strain of corn stunt, were maintained in an artificial cell-free medium. The agent apparently multiplied. Leafhopper vectors that were injected with the pure cultures transmitted the agent to healthy corn plants and induced the corn stunt disease.