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APPLIED BIOLOGY IN THE LEATHER INDUSTRY

Nature volume 159, pages 750751 (31 May 1947) | Download Citation

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THAT the leather industry forms an extensive field for research in applied chemistry has been well known for many years ; that it forms a field, at least as extensive, for research in applied biology has been less well appreciated ; and this notwithstanding the facts that the raw material of the industry is animal skin, that oils used by the industry and many tanning agents are plant products, that bacteria and moulds play havoc with certain of the processes of manufacture, and that insects cause damage to stored hides and finished leather. Clearly, in such an industry there must be opportunities for research in animal histology and physiology, as well as in microbiology, entomology and biochemistry ; and some account of the problems presented in these various fields was given in a symposium held on March 21 at the Imperial College of Science and Technology by the Association of Applied Biologists in conjunction with the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association.

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