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Factors influencing the Composition of the Cellulose-decomposing Microflora on Soil Crumb Plates

Naturevolume 191page307 (1961) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH many soil micro-organisms can decompose cellulose1, each group of organisms does so under its own set of conditions. For example, Cellvibrio and Cytophaga develop around soil crumbs placed on filter paper which covers a mineral silica-gel medium, as shown by Winogradsky2. Other workers have reported that cellulose-decomposing fungi were the first organisms to attack ‘Cellophane’ buried in the soil3.

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  1. 1

    Siu, R. G. H., Microbial Decomposition of Cellulose (Reinhold Publ. Co., New York, 1951).

  2. 2

    Winogradsky, S., Microbiologie du Sol (Masson et Cie., Paris, 1949).

  3. 3

    Tribe, H. T., Canad. J. Microbiol., 6, 309 (1960).

  4. 4

    Dobbs, C. G., and Hinson, W. H., Nature, 172, 197 (1953).

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  1. Israel Institute for Biological Research, Ness-Ziona

    • A. KEYNAN
  2. Department of Soil Sciences, The Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University, Rehovoth, Israel

    • Y. HENIS
    •  & P. KELLER


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