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Sporostatic and sporocidal properties of aqueous formaldehyde.

Authors
  • Trujillo, R
  • David, T J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied microbiology
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1972
Volume
23
Issue
3
Pages
618–622
Identifiers
PMID: 4623282
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Aqueous formaldehyde is shown to exert both sporostatic and sporocidal effects on Bacillus subtilis spores. The sporostatic effect is a result of the reversible inhibition of spore germination occasioned by aqueous formaldehyde; the sporocidal effect is due to temperature-dependent inactivation of these spores in aqueous formaldehyde. The physicochemical state of formaldehyde in solution provides a framework with which to interpret both the sporostatic and sporocidal properties of aqueous formaldehyde.

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