THE INFLUENCE OF ASCORBIC ACID ON THE REDOX CAPACITY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF STREPTOMYCES GRISEUS CULTURES
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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Experiments with Streptomyces griseus cultures showed that growth of the aerobic micro-organisms is inhibited by ascorbic acid. Inhibition was found to be due to reduction in oxygen tension by the ascorbic acid. Double utilization of the oxygen dissolved in the medium -- for oxydation of the ascorbic acid and for respiration of the organisms -- causes a reduction in rate of transformation of ascorbic acid into dehydroascorbic acid in inoculated media as compared to control media.