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||P.755 left column top paragraph: "Percent dry matter of bacterial cells is usually determined by weighing a bacterial pellet before and after drying to constant weight. Available information on the water content in bacterial pellets, however, suggests that >60% of the total water in the pellets may be intercellular water (primary sources)." See also p.756 left column top paragraph: "The percent intercellular water of [investigators’] pellets ranged from 32 to 91%, which, taking into account [their] rather low centrifugation speed and the natural variability between bacterial types, is comparable to the range of 40 to 69% intercellular water reported by others (refs 4, 17, 19)."