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Pasteur's effect

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The process of fermentation by bacteria is inhibited when oxygen is abundant.


  • L. Pasteur:
    Mémoire sur la fermentation appellée lactique.
    Comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences, Paris, 1857, 45: 913-916. Nouveaux faits pour servir à l'histoire de la levure lactique.
    Comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences, Paris, 1859, 48: 337-338.

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