The application of fermentative processes to the problem of the industrial utilization of agricultural products and by-products for the production of organic acids and 'solvents' has been approached from a number of angles. During the course of related studies the possibility of the fermentative utilization of artichoke tubers was considered. In many ways this plant would provide an agricultural product highly suited to such purposes. The artichoke is indigenous to North America and grows freely in all parts of the country. It can be machine cultivated in the same manner as corn and can be stored in the ground until needed. It is extremely hardy, adapts itself to great variations in soil and climate and is resistant to frost, while the foliage is very resistant to the ravages of insects and fungous diseases. Yields have been reported of from seven tons up to twenty tons per acre.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1934 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Reynolds, Howard and Werkman, C. H.
"Fermentation of Artichokes,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 41(1), 75-78.
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