Research Work on Natural Indigo

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MY attention has been directed to a review of the report on indigo research work at Leeds University, recently made by Mr. Bloxam and others to the Government of India, which appeared in your issue of July 30. In the course of this review Prof. Meldola directs attention to the contention, which has been made by Mr. Bloxam, that, by means of new and improved methods of analysis, he has shown that there is yet scope for considerable improvement in the process of indigo manufacture. Prof. Meldola believes that a good case has been made out, and severely criticises the planters, and those who have advised them, for having neglected to take advantage of the possibilities which have been indicated by Mr. Bloxam's work, since he considers that therein lies the sole hope of the salvation of their industry.

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FILGALT, T. Research Work on Natural Indigo. Nature 78, 540 (1908) doi:10.1038/078540a0

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