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n. pl. streptomyces
Any of various actinomycetes of the genus Streptomyces, found chiefly in soil and including several species that produce antibiotics.

[New Latin Streptomycēs, genus name : strepto- + Greek mukēs, fungus.]


(ˌstrɛptəʊˈmaɪsiːz) or


(Biology) biology any bacterium which is a member of the genus Streptomyces, which includes some species useful in the production of antibiotics


(ˌstrɛp təˈmaɪ siz)

n., pl. -ces.
any of several aerobic bacteria of the genus Streptomyces, certain species of which produce antibiotics.
[< New Latin (1943), = strepto- + Greek mýkēs fungus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.streptomyces - aerobic bacteria (some of which produce the antibiotic streptomycin)
actinomycete - any bacteria (some of which are pathogenic for humans and animals) belonging to the order Actinomycetales
genus Streptomyces - type genus of the family Streptomycetaceae
Streptomyces erythreus - source of the antibiotic erythromycin
Streptomyces griseus - source of the antibiotic streptomycin
potato scab bacteria, Streptomyces scabies - cause of a potato disease characterized by brownish corky tissue
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For example, streptomycin, which has been used to treat tuberculosis and plague, is produced by the bacterium Streptomyces griseus.
Over the last few years, species of the genus Streptomyces have been used to produce biosurfactants, especially the bacteria of the Actinomycetes group.
1 strain, and C8 strain were of the genus Streptomyces, and their identification at the species level was not possible; in this work they were therefore reported at the genus level as Streptomyces sp.
Scientists discovered and tested an enzyme in the bacteria Streptomyces aizunensis that fulfills a crucial step in biological synthesis of these precursors.
This macrolide compound is produced by the bacterium Streptomyces hygroscopicus.
Additionally, in order to compare the phylogenetic position of the studied isolates within the Streptomyces spp.
Representative genera are Streptomyces and Micromonospora (Berdy, 2005).
Locally isolated Bacillus subtilis was obtained from Center Laboratory Organic Agriculture, Agricultural Research Center, Egypt, where the commercial product Mycostop(r) (lyophilized spores of Streptomyces griseoviridis) obtained as a kind gift from the Kemira OY(r) of Finland.
Invasive Streptomyces infections have been reported rarely in the literature.
It is estimated there are more than 100,000 antibiotics waiting to be discovered from Streptomyces bacteria alone and--based on previous success rates--about 0.