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The Action of Phenol and Formol on Aerobic and Anaerobic Organisms

Joseph P. Scott
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jul., 1928), pp. 90-92
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30083671
Page Count: 3
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The Action of Phenol and Formol on Aerobic and Anaerobic Organisms
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Abstract

It is shown that phenol in strengths up to 5% acts very slowly on anaerobic organisms, while formaldehyde in dilutions of 0.5 to 0.75% sterilizes anaerobic cultures rapidly. The greater susceptibility of aerobic spore-forming organisms to these disinfectants make it possible to eliminate aerobic contaminations from anaerobic cultures by the use of 0.5% phenol or formol.

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