The background to Eduard Buchner's discovery of cell-free fermentation

  title={The background to Eduard Buchner's discovery of cell-free fermentation},
  author={Robert E. Kohler,},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • R. Kohler,
  • Published 1971
  • Biology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
Eduard Buchner's discovery of cell-free fermentation in 1897 has long been celebrated as the resolution of one of the most famous scientific controversies of the nineteenth century, the controversy between Pasteur and Liebig over the nature of alcoholic fermentation. Was fermentation, as Pasteur contended, a vital physiological act of the living yeast cell, or was it due as Liebig claimed, to some purely chemical agent within the yeast cell? Could fermentation be separated from intact living… 
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