Survival of Bacteria in Desiccates at 100° C in Dry Atmospheres


THE measurement of microbial survival in desiccates at high temperatures (100° C and above) is being increasingly used for gauging the shelf-life of such desiccates at ordinary ambient temperatures. As yet, however, there have been no attempts to measure survival under defined conditions of humidity, as used by Scott1 and his colleagues in their experiments, which were carried out at 25° C.

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ANNEAR, D., BOTTOMLEY, G. Survival of Bacteria in Desiccates at 100° C in Dry Atmospheres. Nature 206, 1373–1374 (1965).

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