The IRPCM (International Research Programme on Comparative Mycoplasmology) is a permanent standing committee of the IOM (International Organisation for Mycoplasmology). Its objective as defined in the Constitution is to advance and disseminate knowledge on all aspects of mycoplasmas (members of the taxonomic class Mollicutes). In furtherance of this objective, the programme shall aim to encourage individual and collaborative studies, including the effective exchange of scientific information, to reach this goal.

Specifically, this will include:

  • Developing a more complete understanding of the cellular and molecular biology of mycoplasmas, including those features that may be unique in the prokaryotic world to mycoplasmas;
  • Elucidation of the diversity of mycoplasmas;
  • Defining virulence factors of mycoplasmas pathogenic to humans, domestic and wild animals, and plants; and
  • Identifying more effective means of diagnosis, prevention, and control of mycoplasma infections and diseas