Antibacterial Substances in Seeds

Abstract

WHILE investigating the physiology of germination, it was noted that micro-organisms occurring on the seeds of certain species proliferated rapidly during germination, whereas the seeds of some other species, germinating under the same conditions, remained sterile. It seemed obvious that certain seeds must contain and release—during germination—compounds that are able to inhibit the growth of certain micro-organisms. In order to examine this hypothesis, the antibacterial effect of seeds of several species and varieties of plants has been investigated.

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