Date of Award

Spring 1948

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




A Biochemical problem has a special appeal for the author. Her first degree was earned with a major in biology and her graduate work was done in the field of chemistry. In addition, ten years of experience in teaching high school biology and chemistry has been the occasion for an ever widening pursuit of knowledge in these two fields. The Fusaria are among the common fungi of the soil, where their function seems to be the decomposition of carbonhydrates and proteins in the humus. However, the part they play in this tearing-down process is not perfectly understood. many of them are plant parasites. It seemed of interest to determine whether or not this particular species, Fusarium solani, which gets its name from the fact that it attacks potatoes, is dependent upon the host plant for a supply of vitamins as well as for the major nutrients it requires. This research is a small part of the very young but rapidly growing science of plants and vitamins.