When Pasteurian Science Went to Sea: The Birth of Marine Microbiology

  title={When Pasteurian Science Went to Sea: The Birth of Marine Microbiology},
  author={Antony Adler and E.C.P. D{\"u}cker},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
In the late nineteenth century, French naturalists were global leaders in microbial research. Louis Pasteur advanced sterilization techniques and demonstrated that dust particles in the air could contaminate a putrefiable liquid. Pasteur’s discoveries prompted a new research program for the naturalists of the Talisman and Travailleur expeditions: to recover uncontaminated water and mud samples from the deep sea. French naturalists Adrien Certes and Paul Regnard both independently conducted… Expand
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