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Mode of Action of Selective Fungistatic Effect of Streptomycin

Naturevolume 199pages11101111 (1963) | Download Citation



IN the search for selective media for the isolation of Phytophthora and Pythium species from soil and infected plant tissue, relatively few results have appeared in the literature concerning the fungistatic effect of streptomycin. Eckert and Tsao1 demonstrated that streptomycin inhibited the in vitro growth of Phytophthora species. Of five Pythium species investigated, P. arrhenomanes, P. graminicolum and P. mamillatum were inhibited by less than 100 p.p.m. streptomycin2. A number of investigations have described the ineffectiveness of streptomycin against fungi, including some Oomycetes4–7.

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  1. Research Institute for Plant Protection, Budapest

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