Treating wheat with formaldehyde to prevent the covered or stinking smut of wheat is a general practice wherever wheat is grown. Henderson, Burmester, Johnson and Brittlebank have submitted results of germination tests where wheat has been soaked for varying periods, with the purpose of obtaining safe limits where the fungus is killed, while the seed is left intact. Naturally this is the important conception from the practical standpoint. But admitting this to be the case there are still many fundamental propositions which are still open for solution and of equal import to the practical phases of grain treating to prevent smut and problems of imbibition and of germination.
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Bakke, A. L. and Plagge, H. H.
"Studies upon the Absorption and Germination of Wheat Treated with Formaldehyde,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 26(1), 365-375.
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