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Re: CULT: antibacterial organics? (was Re: losing rhizomes)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: CULT: antibacterial organics? (was Re: losing rhizomes)
  • From: "Walter A. Moores" <wam2@Ra.MsState.Edu>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 1997 18:49:27 -0600 (MDT)

On Fri, 26 Sep 1997, Linda Mann wrote:

> - from a text book in a class I took more than 30 yrs ago:
> "Although many theories have been advanced for the control of
> damping-off organisms by sphagnum [a type of peat] moss, the most
> plausible explanation lies in the antibiotic theory.  Fungi associated
> with sphagnum moss apparently exude or contain substances which prevent
> the development of fungal complexes that cause damping-off. [why this is
> called 'antibiotic' is obscure to me]  This theory is supported by the
> fact that sphagnum in the fresh state or recently baled affords damping
> off control under a wide range of conditions...."  etc (older stuff
> doesn't work as well)
> from Plant Propagation 1957 (!!) by Mahlstede and Haber.
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA
> wondering what made that tiny paragraph lodge in my mind all these
> years.
	Thanks, Linda, for remembering this, finding the source and citing
it for us.  Very interesting...maybe, I can get this book through
Interlibrary Loan.

	Walter Moores
	Enid Lake, MS 7/8

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