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~ .► in Ui,- ii.tirse ot {in addri'ss given by T'rofessor Kniil Westgaard before the Koval Scottish Society"" of Arts on -The liitiueiife of Maeteria on kite,' the speaker pointed out that the name '■bacteria" was. in the minds of most people, associated with a feeling of danger, or at least of something unpleasant, owing to the fact that minute organisms were responsible for many of the most dreaded diseases, and not infroipiently attacked and destroyed their foodstuffs. Bacteria. i had, however, other and far greater functions to carry out, and by decomposing and ultimately oxidising organic matter, they cleared these, dead .substances away, and converted them into simple inorganic products, which might be used again by plants, in this manner the carbon and nitrogen circulation was completed, and tho bacteria were thus responsible for wfuit was the foundation of the world'* food supply.

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BACTERIA AND LIFE, Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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BACTERIA AND LIFE Issue 15695, 8 January 1915

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