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J Appl Bacteriol. 1992 Sep;73(3):251-6.

Influence of the sporulation temperature upon the heat resistance of Bacillus subtilis.

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Tecnologia de los Alimentos, Facultad de Veterinaria, Zaragoza, Spain.


The influence of different sporulation temperatures (30, 37, 44 and 52 degrees C) upon heat resistance of Bacillus subtilis was investigated. Heat resistance was greater after higher sporulation temperatures. Relation of heat resistance and temperature of sporulation was not linear over all the range of temperatures tested. Heat resistance increased about tenfold in the range of 30-44 degrees C. Sporulation at 52 degrees C did not show any further increase in heat resistance. This effect was constant over all the range of heating temperatures tested (100-120 degrees C). z value remained constant (z = 9 degrees C). Greater heat resistances at higher temperatures of sporulation were not due to selection of more heat resistant cells by a higher sporulation temperature. Spores obtained from cells incubated at 32 or 52 degrees C always possessed heat resistances that corresponded to the sporulation temperature regardless of the incubation temperature of their vegetative cells.

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