String of silkworm cocoons, used by Louis Pasteur, 1865-1870

Made:
1865-1870 in France
maker:
Unknown

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A60510 Microscope by Hartnack, Paris with two objective lenses, two eyepieces and wooden mahogany case, 1850-1868, used
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String of silkworm cocoons, used by Pasteur in his investigation into the diseases of silkworms, during 1860-1869

The French microbiologist Louis Pasteur played a crucial role in establishing microorganisms as one of the main causes of disease. An important early step came in the 1860s, when he identified the cause of a disease that was decimating the French silkworm industry. This string of cocoons was used in part of his investigation.

Details

Category:
Microbiology
Object Number:
A63336
Measurements:
overall (as displayed): 85 mm x 282 mm x 158 mm, 0.044 kg
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type:
cocoon
taxonomy:
  • animal remains
credit:
Institut Pasteur

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