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January 10, 1914

Laboratory Methods in Agricultural Bacteriology.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(2):152. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560270068039

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This little manual is somewhat original. Undoubtedly the time is near when agricultural colleges will offer work in branches of agricultural bacteriology in addition to the courses offered at present in dairy bacteriology and soil bacteriology. The book gives directions for study of bacteria and their activities which are of special interest to agriculturists. The first part introduces the student to bacteriologic technic in general by useful experiments with air, water and foodstuffs. The bacteriology of milk naturally receives much attention. The work outlined includes study of the bacterial flora of milk, giving special attention to various forms of lactic acid bacteria. Methods of examination of butter and cheese are also given. In addition work on the bacteriology of manures and soils is outlined. On the whole the book is well arranged and the directions ample, but the English translation might be occasionally clearer and more concise. There are many

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