Tartaric Acid Metabolism of Neurospora crassa

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Science  21 Aug 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3373, pp. 455-456
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3373.455-a


The growth of wild type Neurospora crassa is stimulated by various organic acids including tartaric, tartronic, and mesoxalic acids. Evidence is presented that this organism converts d- or l-tartaric acid to tartronic and mesoxalic acid, probably by fixation of CO2.