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Scientific Sessions

Food Microbiology

Microorganisms are generally considered to include yeasts, bacteria, fungi and protozoa. Bacteria especially, but also yeasts and fungi, are ubiquitous. Different species of bacteria are found growing in all natural and man-made environments – from the Antarctic, through refrigeration at 1–5?C, hot springs at the boiling point of water (100?C) to hypothermal vents where high pressure allows growth at 160?C and even higher temperatures found deep in the ocean floor. Microorganisms important to the food industry, including viruses, bacteria, yeasts, protozoa and worms.  Microbial growth is examined and methods of measurement are discussed.  The bacterial agents of food borne illness are described, including Clostridium Botulinium.