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Three tubes with agar set on an angle have bacterial colonies streaked onto their surface. The bacterial colonies are differently coloured; the Micromonospora colonies are red in colour.
Micromonospora spp. (red colonies) on sloped agar medium, alongside 2 other tubes with differently coloured bacterial colonies.
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinomycetota
Class: Actinomycetia
Order: Micromonosporales
Family: Micromonosporaceae
Genus: Micromonospora
Ørskov 1923 (Approved Lists 1980)
Type species
Micromonospora chalcea
Foulerton 1905; Ørskov 1923 (Approved Lists 1980)

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Micromonospora is a genus of bacteria that are commonly found in soils, sediments, and in close contact with

the roots of different plants.[1] In 1923, they were named "ray fungi" on the basis of their shape (also known as morphology).[2] The genus is a source of chemicals that are used in medicine to treat bacterial infections.

Microbiology[change | change source]

Ecology[change | change source]

In the environment, they form networks called mycelium to enable them to break down and digest dead plant matter to gain energy. This process is called saprotrophy.

Morphology[change | change source]

Micromonospora are Gram-positive, spore-forming, and live in areas of the soil with access to air, as they are aerobic (use oxygen).

Physiology[change | change source]

Species[change | change source]

Micromonospora includes the following species:[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hirsch, Ann M.; Valdés, Maria (2010-04-01). "Micromonospora: An important microbe for biomedicine and potentially for biocontrol and biofuels". Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 42 (4): 536–542. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2009.11.023. ISSN 0038-0717.
  2. Ørskov, J. (1923). Investigations Into the Morphology of the Ray Fungi. Levin & Munksgaard.
  3. "Genus: Micromonospora". lpsn.dsmz.de. Retrieved 2023-05-05.