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The genus Spiroplasma contains bacteria-like organisms which have no cell wall, are motile and have a helical shape. They are frequently associated with insects or ticks but some are also found in plants and several are pathogens causing stunting and yellows diseases.
The spiroplasmas are classified under the Mollicutes which includes forms like the phytoplasmas but also the mycoplasmas which can cause diseases in vertebrates.
The literature database currently contains 86 publications for Spiroplasmas. Please note that literature records for genera may not be complete. See box above on left for queries from the literature database.
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