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

What is meant with cardinal temperatures?
  • The minimum temperature
  • The maximum temperature
  • The optimum temperature
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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.
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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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