Mannitol, which may come into important industrial uses, particularly in the manufacture of explosives, is a normal constituent of corn silage and of silage made from other plants containing sucrose. Moreover, it occurs in sufficient amounts to suggest the possibility of its successful production from silage. These facts were brought out by the studies in silage fermentation carried on by the authors at the Iowa Agricultural Experiment station.
Dox, Arthur W. and Plaisance, G. P.
"The occurance and significance of mannitol in silage,"
Research Bulletin (Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station): Vol. 3
, Article 1.
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