A large proportion of the bacteria isolated from diseased corn borer larvae are pleomorphic, with rods, diplococci, filaments and various transition forms occurring in many cultures. Gram reaction is negative, although the coccoid forms show a tendency to retain gram positivity. In morphology and biochemical characteristics, these isolates resemble certain entomogenous bacteria described by earlier workers, but are similar also to a group of bacteria from human sources which have been designated as members of the tribe Mimeae DeBord. Further studies have been initiated to determine the pathogenicity and the proper taxonomic position of these cultures.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Beers, Russell J.; Lockhart, William R.; and Raun, Earle S.
"Some Characteristics of Bacteria Isolated From Diseased Larvae of the European Corn Borer,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 66(1), 504-507.
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