compost actinomycetes ?
Colin A. B. Davidson
cabd2 at hermes.cam.ac.uk
Mon Sep 10 07:41:34 EST 2001
"Bruce A. Caldwell" <caldwelb at fsl.orst.edu> wrote in message
news:3B967B92.487CFE19 at fsl.orst.edu...
> Just a microbiological note: "compost actinomycetes" are actually
> bacteria.. Long mistaken for fungi based solely on their filamentous
> growth, they have true procaryotes with gram+ cell wall and bacteria
> ribosomes. In fact, the actinomycetes are the source of most anti-fungal
And a hell of a lot of the anti-bacterial antibiotics also.
> While there are thermophilic fungi that are important in composting,
> actinomycetes are much more important because of their greater temperature
Quite. One can also spot the presence of actively growing actinomycetes in
good compost by the smell. They produce the archetypal 'wet earth' smell
with which we're all familiar.
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