Altered Ability of Bacillus cereus Spores To Grow under Unfavorable Conditions (Presence of Nisin, Low Temperature, Acidic pH, Presence of NaCl) following Heat Treatment during Sporulation
Abstract:The effect of thermal treatment on the heat resistance of Bacillus cereus spores and their ability to germinate and grow under more or less adverse conditions during sporulation was investigated. Spores produced by sporulating cells subjected to a mild heat treatment (at a temperature 15°C higher than the growth temperature) were more resistant to heat than were spores produced by untreated cells. Spore germination and growth (the lag time, the maximal growth rate, and the occurrence of a decrease in population) may be greatly affected by adverse environmental conditions brought about by the addition of nisin, low temperatures, acidic pHs, and, to a lesser extent, the addition of NaCl. Furthermore, heat treatments applied to sporulating cells or to mature spores induced a modification of the lag time (interaction of both treatments). Therefore, mild heat treatments applied during sporulation may affect the heat resistance of spores and the ability of these spores to germinate under adverse conditions and may thus increase the risk associated with the presence of spores in lightly processed foods.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Laboratoire de Geénie des Procédés et Technologie Alimentaires, 369, Rue Jules Guesde, B.P.39, F-59651 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France 2: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Laboratoire de Geénie des Procédés et Technologie Alimentaires, 369, Rue Jules Guesde, B.P.39, F-59651 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France 3: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Unitéd'Ecologie et de Physiologie du Système Digestif, Laboratoire des Fonctions des Bactéries Intestinales, 369, Rue Jules Guesde, B.P.39, F-59651 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France
Publication date: December 1, 2002
- IAFP Members with personal subscriptions to JFP Online: To access full-text JFP or JMFT articles, you must sign-in in the upper-right corner using your Ingenta sign-in details (your IAFP Member Login does not apply to this website). The Journal of Food Protection (JFP) is a refereed monthly publication. Each issue contains scientific research and authoritative review articles reporting on a variety of topics in food science pertaining to food safety and quality. The Journal is internationally recognized as the leading publication in the field of food microbiology with a readership exceeding 11,000 scientists from 70 countries. The Journal of Food Protection is indexed in Index Medicus, Current Contents, BIOSIS, PubMed, Medline, and many others.
Print and online subscriptions are available to IAFP Members and institutional subscribers. IAFP Members with a subscription to JFP Online will have access to all available JFP and JMFT content. Online visitors who are not IAFP Members or journal subscribers will be charged on a pay-per-view basis. Membership and subscription information is available at www.foodprotection.org.
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- Information for Advertisers
- ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites