Israel, WWII and fermentation

Peter Kuhnert kuhnert at vbi.unibe.ch
Wed Jul 10 05:50:50 EST 1996

You are probably refering to Chaim Weizmann, chemist and first president 
of Israel, also co-founder of the famous institute in Israel bearing his 
name. He used Clostridium acetobutylicum for cheap synthesis of aceton 
used in the production of explosives in WWI, as far as I have in mind.
This and other interesting "microbiological stories" that perfectly 
would serve your needs can be found in the book by Bernard Dixon:
Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World. (W.H. Freeman, 1994). 
A pleasant and easy to read book.


Umnarj Paeratakul wrote:
> Dear friends,
> This post is about microbiology and history.
> I remember reading a story about.....
> During the WWII, the allied forces were in need of alcohol (or solvent?).
> There was an Israeli microbiologist came to help, by using
> Clostridium fermentation (? I am not sure).
> Later this man became very famous.
> I just can't recall where I read this article.
> Basically I am looking for good introductory stories for my student on
> how microbiology could help us in the way other than medicine.
> I would appreciate your help.
> Umnarj Paeratakul
> Thailand
> umnarj at mozart.inet.co.th
> umnarj at psm.swu.ac.th
> ..................................................................

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