A Plate Method for studying the Breakdown of Synthetic and Natural Silicates by Soil Bacteria

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IN a previous communication1, a plate method for detecting phosphate-dissolving micro-organisms in soil was described. We have now found that a similar technique can be used for work on the breakdown, of silicates by soil micro-organisms. For this purpose the insoluble silicates are ground in a ball mill and directly incorporated into molten agar as described for the insoluble phosphates1.

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WEBLEY, D., DUFF, R. & MITCHELL, W. A Plate Method for studying the Breakdown of Synthetic and Natural Silicates by Soil Bacteria. Nature 188, 766–767 (1960). https://doi.org/10.1038/188766a0

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