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  1. George W. Sundin

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr306

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

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Sundin, G. W. 2003. Tetracycline. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

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  1. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

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  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


The tetracyclines are a group of compounds with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against a diverse range of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Most of the important tetracyclines are bacteriostatic in vitro, inhibiting cell growth by reversibly binding ribosomes and inhibiting protein synthesis. The first tetracycline, aureomycin, was discovered by a plant pathologist, B.M. Duggar, in the late 1940s. The use of oxytetracycline for plant disease control began in the early 1950s with the introduction of Agrimycin.


  • tetracyclines;
  • aureomycin;
  • oxytetracycline;
  • plant disease control;
  • fire blight management;
  • antibiotic;
  • Agrimycin;
  • bacteria