Date of Award

Spring 1983

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Life & Environmental Sciences

First Advisor

Rev. Joseph Harrington

Second Advisor

John Christenson

Third Advisor

Kevin Twohy

Abstract

Montanan field soil was found to have a pH of approximately 8.5 and coniferous bed soil a pH of approximately 7.0. From these soils, 10 Gram-negative bacilli were isolated by using selective, low pH media. The two soils yielded different isolates. Two isolates were identified as members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, probably of the genus Erwinia. The other isolates could not be identified.

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