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Alexander Fleming

Modern fermentation vat for producing penicillin

Description:

In 1959, Beecham's scientists discoverd the penicillin nucleus which allowed them to synthesise semisynthetic penicillins for treating people. This photograph shows a fermentation vat used for the commercial production of penicllin. Tank reactors such as these vats have a capacity for 135 to 450 thousand litres of culture, and can produce 40-50 grams of penicillin per litre of this culture.

Source:
The Dick Institute
Digital Number:
RI_DI_0070776
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council