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Letter 9405A

Darwin, C. R. to Frankland, Edward

12 Apr 1874

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    Finding that the leaves of Drosera digest all the phosphate of lime out of bones and then remain clasped over the bones for a long time, CD wants to determine whether it is the phosphate of lime or the animal matter in the bones that keeps them clasped. He asks EF to send 2 or 3 grams of pure phosphate of lime for his testing. [See 9411.] Will experiment in the summer using EF's suggestion that leaves might serve to test weak sewage. Results of Sanderson's experiments with acids of great use.

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