3 good questions and answers: "Temperature Classes of Microorganisms"

What is meant with cardinal temperatures?
  • The minimum temperature
  • The maximum temperature
  • The optimum temperature
What happens if the temperature is below the minimum temperature?
The membrane will start gelling and the transport is so slow that growth cannot occur.
What happens if the temperature is above the maximum temperature?
Protein denaturation and collapsing of the cytoplasmic membrane, causing thermal lysis.
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