This is the third and final section of a review of the propionic-acid bacteria. This section discusses some of their miscellaneous metabolic activities such as: erythritol metabolism, formation of diacetyl-acetoin and vitamin B12, production of volatile compounds not previously mentioned, propionin (an antiviral agent), lipids and phospholipids, and slime formation, Concluding comments provide a brief summary of particular points of interest.

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1Journal Paper No. J-7028 of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, Ames, Iowa. Project No. 1838.