Growth on benzoate question.

Shad Turner swturner at
Tue Dec 9 03:18:41 EST 1997

Hi there. I'm a microbi undergrad student in a soil diversity lab. In the 
lab, I isolated several strains of soil bacteria who could grow happily 
on benzoate as a sole carbon source, but a question at the end of the lab 
queries why this happens when benzoate is used as a preservative in many 
foods. So, how could this happen?


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