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The editors are issuing this Expression of Concern to alert readers about the fact that the Bacillus pumilus Jo2 strain employed in this study is not available, and thus that the article is in breach of the journal's editorial policy.
Citation: The PLOS ONE Editors (2014) Expression of Concern: Bacillus pumilus Reveals a Remarkably High Resistance to Hydrogen Peroxide Provoked Oxidative Stress. PLoS ONE9(7): e100716. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0100716
Published: July 10, 2014
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