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Food Microbiol. 2011 Jun;28(4):828-37. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2010 Apr 21.

Effect of the growth environment on the strain variability of Salmonella enterica kinetic behavior.

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Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Hygiene, Department of Food Science and Technology, School of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Intra-species variability of microbial growth kinetic behavior is an event with important implications for food safety research. Aiming at the evaluation of the growth variability among Salmonella enterica strains as affected by the growth environment, the kinetic behavior of 60 isolates of the pathogen was assessed at 37 °C in tryptone soy broth of different pH values (4.3-7.0) and NaCl concentrations (0.5-6.0%). Maximum specific growth rate (μ(max)) values corresponding to each strain and growth condition were estimated by means of absorbance detection times of serially decimally diluted cultures using the automated turbidimetric system Bioscreen C. A total of 9600 optical density curves were generated for the strains and the growth conditions tested. The variability of μ(max) among the S. enterica strains was important and greater than that observed within the strains (i.e. among replicates). Moreover, strain variability increased as the growth conditions became more stressful both in terms of pH and NaCl. The coefficient of variation of μ(max) among the tested strains at pH 7.0-0.5% NaCl was 6.1%, while at pH 4.3-0.5% NaCl and pH 7.0-6.0% NaCl was 11.8% and 23.5%, respectively. Beyond the scientific interest in understanding strain variability, the findings of this study should be useful in strain selection for exploitation in food safety challenge studies as well as in incorporating strain variability in predictive microbiology and microbial risk assessment.

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