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In Vitro Determination of the Cellulose-Decomposing Rates of Twelve Denton County, Texas Soils

Description: In this study twelve types of top soil were collected under aseptic conditions. The cellulose-decomposing rates of these were compared in order to determine the relative rates in the cellulose-decomposing potential of the microorganisms involved. Furthermore, this investigation is designed to acquire pertinent information on the rate at which natural cellulose materials are returned to available plant food.
Date: 1950
Creator: Heather, Carl D.
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The Sensitivity of Human Blood Plasma to the Coagulase Enzyme Secreted by Members of the Genus Micrococcus

Description: The problem in this investigation consisted of, first, the isolation from human sources and identification of thirteen cultures of typical micrococci to be used as test organisms; second, the acquisition of blood plasma from thirty different human beings; and third, the determination of the possibility of individual variation in sensitivity of blood plasma to the micrococci used as test organisms as revealed by the coagulase test.
Date: 1950
Creator: Coultas, John T.
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The Antibiotic Activities of Some Members of the Cactaceae Family

Description: This problem has been concerned with, first, the collection of sixteen species of plants belonging to Cactaceae family; second, the drying of these and the extraction of the oleoresins thereof; third, the determination of the extent to which these substances inhibit the growth of ten gram-positive and ten gram-negative bacterial organisms; and fourth, a determination of the possible utilization of these extracts a prophylactic or chemotherapeutic agents.
Date: 1951
Creator: Gilmore, Derward E.
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The Antibiotic Properties of the Oleoresins of Twenty-Five Common Garden Vegetables

Description: The purpose of this problem is to determine the presence and extent of antibiotic materials as found in the oleoresins of a selected group of garden vegetables. The problem has consisted of, first, the collection and preparation of specimens of twenty-five commonly used garden vegetables; second, the extraction of the oleoresins from these; third, the determination of the inhibitory and other effects of these oleoresins against several strains of selected gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria; and fourth, the evaluation of the potentialities of these oleoresins with regard to their future use as medicinal prophylactics and therapeutics.
Date: 1951
Creator: Ennis, Arthur F.
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A Grassland Evaluation of Eastland County, Texas

Description: This investigation has had for its purpose the determination of first, all members of the Gramineae (Grass) family found in the county; second, the incidence of each species with the various types of soil; third, the grazing value of each species; fourth, the life span of the parent plants; fifth, the present grassland status; and sixth, the potentialities of developing desirable grassland.
Date: 1951
Creator: Durham, Norman Nevill
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The Inhibition of Fungal Contaminants in Cultures of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

Description: The problem of conatmination in culture media for Mycobacterium tuberculosis has not been solved completely, and for this reason the work herein presented was carried out. In this work experiments were made testing the effect of actidione in inhibiting certain ones of the higher fungi.
Date: 1951
Creator: Wright, Noble M.
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Isolation and Identification of Bacterial Species Associated with the Common House Fly and Three Species of Cockroaches

Description: In an attempt to demonstrate the role of insects as possible carriers of pathogenic bacterial organisms this investigation has been concerned with the determination of the microbial population associated both internally and externally with the common house fly and three species of the cockroach.
Date: 1951
Creator: Morland, Clifford L.
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The Isolation, Cultivation and Testing of Organisms Anatagonistic to a Streptomycin Resistant Strain of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Description: The problem of finding an efficient antibiotic against Pseudomonas aeruginosa which can be used in the clinical treatment of genito-urinary tract infections resistant to treatment by streptomycin has not yet been solved. Therefore, this problem has consisted of first, the acquisition of possible inhibitors of the streptomycin resistant strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa; second, the selection and identification of those which show a marked antagonism toward this organism; third, the determination of the antibiotic spectra of the inhibitors; fourth, the determination of whether the streptomycin resistant strain could also acquire a resistance to the antibiotic produced by its inhibitors; and last, an attempt to evaluate the therapeutic possibilities of the antibiotics demonstrated.
Date: 1951
Creator: Banister, Jack Warren
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Isolation, Identification and Cultivation of Four Phytopathogenic Fungi

Description: This investigation includes a morphological and cultural study of four rather common pathogenic fungi one of which attacks Zinnia elegans, one Lagerstroemia indica, one Ligustrum lodense and one Euonymus japonica. The problem includes, first, a determination of the genera of these four fungi as revealed by their morphology in natural habitat; second, a determination of the growth and cultural characteristics of these on Cornmeal, Potato, Bean, Prune and Carrot agars; third, a comparison of the growth and cultural characteristics of these in natural habitat with the same on the various agars used; and fourth, an evaluation of the five artificial culture media in so far as their usage is concerned in the growth and cultivation of these four species of fungi.
Date: 1951
Creator: Parks, Leroy W.
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A Microbial Survey of Raw Ingredients Used in Finished Products at Kraft Foods Company, Garland, Texas

Description: The purpose of this investigation is to determine through routine checks the number of organisms present in the various raw ingredients used for the preparation of foods. The problem has consisted of, first, a determination of the total bacterial population by numbers; second, a determination of the incidence of colon bacteria in the samples examined; third, a determination of the presence of yeasts and molds; and fourth, an attempt to utilize this information obtained in judging the methods of handling the raw ingredients before they are used in the processing of foods.
Date: 1951
Creator: Langston, Clarence Walter, Jr.
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Microbial Utilization of a Certain Hydrocarbon Insecticide

Description: This problem includes, first, the isolation and identification of microorganisms which utilized the hydrocarbon insecticide as a sole source of carbon and energy; second, a determination of the effect on plants sprayed with the hydrocarbon medium as compared with the effect on plants sprayed with the hydrocarbon medium containing a good growth of hydrocarbon-utilizers; and third, a determination of the ability of laboratory stock cultures of organisms to utilize or remain alive in the hydrocarbon medium.
Date: August 1951
Creator: Dorman, Homer L.
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A Vegetative Key to the Grasses of Erath County, Texas

Description: "The orientation of this study began with a collection of the grasses of Erath County during their flowering periods. Collections were made in the Spring and Fall of 1950 and 1951 to obtain both vernal and autumnal grasses. Identifications were made from the grass floras previously mentioned and checked against specimens in the herbarium of North Texas State College for verification. In addition, the list was checked by W.A. Turney, Conservationist, United States Department of Agriculture of Dublin, Texas. Finally, the list was compared with that prepared by W.M. Cory for the plant areas of which Erath County is a part. On the basis of the above identifications, a critical study of the vegetative characteristics was made and a key based on these features prepared. The width of the blad and characteristics of the ligule, roots, culms, and sheaths were used to distinguish each of the eighty-six specimens found in the collection area. A drawing was made of the longitudinal section of the juncture of the blade and the sheath of each grass. This diagnostic section includes the collar, ligule, a part of the blade and sheath, and auricles, if present."-- leaf 5.
Date: August 1951
Creator: Robinson, Inez Evans
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Extracts of Tree Leaves as Sources of Nutrition for Various Microorganisms

Description: The purpose of this investigation is to determine the possible presence and the extent of nutritional material in the extracts of the green leaves of a selected group of common trees in an effort to devise simpler and more economical, yet useful and satisfactory, culture media for the use in bacteriological laboratories, particularly those on the secondary level.
Date: 1952
Creator: Watkins, Bill Lewis
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Biological Indices of Stream Pollution

Description: A thorough biological survey and evaluation is a lengthy and expensive project. The number of technically trained persons required prevent its use by most public agencies. Since public health departments are the groups most frequently concerned with measuring the effects of pollution in streams, a need exists for a simplified method of sanitary survey. Recognizing this need, the Texas Health Department assigned the writer the problem of devising a method of survey which would require a field party of two and could be conducted entirely from a mobile field laboratory.
Date: August 1952
Creator: Russell, James C.
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