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On Ruminococcus flavefaciens, a cellulose-decomposing bacterium from the rumen of sheep and cattle

, : On Ruminococcus flavefaciens, a cellulose-decomposing bacterium from the rumen of sheep and cattle. Journal of General Microbiology 5(5 Suppl.): 869-879

Two strains of Ruminococcus flavefaciens, an important cellulose-decomposing bacterium, were isolated, one from the rumen of a sheep, the other from the rumen of a cow. Pure cultures were obtained by using the dilution method in agar media containing a strip of filter-paper. These strictly anaerobic, Gram-positive streptococci attack cellulose and cellobiose, but not starch, maltose, lactose or xylose. Only one strain could use glucose.


PMID: 14908024

DOI: 10.1099/00221287-5-5-869

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