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Growth of Listeria monocytogenes at refrigeration temperatures



Growth of Listeria monocytogenes at refrigeration temperatures



Journal of Applied Bacteriology 68(2): 157-162



The growth of three strains of Listeria monocytogenes at refrigeration temperatures (-0.5 to 9.3 degrees C) in chicken broth and/or UHT milk was determined using a rocking temperature gradient incubator. Minimum growth temperatures ranged from -0.1 to -0.4 degree C for the three strains. Lag times of 1-3 d and 3 to greater than 34 d were observed with incubation at 5 and 0 degrees C respectively. Corresponding generation times ranged from 13-24 h at 5 degrees C and 62-131 h at 0 degree C. The type of culture medium had an influence on both the rate and extent of growth. Incubation of cultures at 4 degrees C before inoculation caused a marked reduction in the lag time when compared with cultures which had been previously incubated at 30 degrees C.

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Accession: 007386042

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PMID: 2108109

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1990.tb02561.x


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