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Occurrence of Soft Rot Bacteria in Scottish Soils


A METHOD of isolating soft rot bacteria from soil using immature potato tubers as a form of enrichment medium was described by Kerr1. He found that of twenty Scottish soils examined all contained Gramnegative bacteria capable of rotting potato tuber slices.

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  1. 1

    Kerr, A., Nature, 172, 1155 (1953).

  2. 2

    Noble, M., and Graham, D. C., Nature, 178, 1479 (1956).

  3. 3

    Dowson, W. J., Nature, 179, 682 (1957).

  4. 4

    Paton, A. M., Ph.D. thesis, University of Edinburgh (1956).

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