Organisms Producing Antibiotics in Tropical Soils

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EXCEPT for some experiments by Meredith1 with Jamaican soils, little information is available on the presence in tropical habitats of antibiotic-producing micro-organisms. Using a technique similar to that of Stokes and Woodward2, we are finding increasing evidence that tropical soils harbour such organisms, sometimes types which have not yet been identified.

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    Meredith, C. H., Phytopath., 34, 426 (1944).

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    Stokes, J. L., and Woodward, C. R., jun., J. Bact., 43, 253 (1942).

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    Conn, H. J., Bact. Rev., 12, 247 (1948).

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    Brian, D. W., J. Gen. Microbiol., 2, xvii (1948).

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THAYSEN, A., FORSYTH, W., THAYSEN, I. et al. Organisms Producing Antibiotics in Tropical Soils. Nature 163, 835 (1949) doi:10.1038/163835a0

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