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Pectin-decomposing Strains of Pseudomonas


THE ability of certain members of the genus Pseudomonas to cause a soft rot of plant tissue or to degrade pectin preparations has been known for some time1. It is surprising that this character of the pseudomonads has not been given more attention, considering the Very common occurrence of members of this genus in Nature and the economic importance of soft rots in plant tissue.

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    Dowson, W. J., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 25, 215 (1941). Oxford, A. E., Nature, 154, 271 (1944).

  2. 2

    Dowson, W. J., “Plant Diseases due to Bacteria”, 99 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1957).

  3. 3

    Wieringa, K. T., Fourth Internat. Cong. Microbiol., Copenhagen, Abst., 482 (1947).

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