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Fri April 5, 2013
Oregon Wants Official Microbe To Celebrate Beer Industry
Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:30 am
DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Good morning, I'm David Greene.
Its state bird is a Western Meadowlark. Its state tree is Douglas Fir. Now Oregon wants a state microbe. Saccharomyces cerevisiae - try saying that twice - is a kind of yeast used in beer. And State Representative Mark Johnson thinks making it Oregon's official microbe is a great way to celebrate the state's craft beer industry. Oregon is also proud of its wine. A type of dirt that's used to grow pinot noire grapes is the state's official soil.
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