Effect of low temperature on microbial growth: lowered affinity for substrates limits growth at low temperature.

@article{Nedwell1999EffectOL,
  title={Effect of low temperature on microbial growth: lowered affinity for substrates limits growth at low temperature.},
  author={Nedwell},
  journal={FEMS microbiology ecology},
  year={1999},
  volume={30 2},
  pages={
          101-111
        }
}
  • Nedwell
  • Published 1999 in FEMS microbiology ecology
The effect of environmental temperature on the affinity of microorganisms for substrates is discussed in relation to measurements of affinity by either K(s) values or specific affinity (a(A)). It can be shown for psychrophiles, mesophiles and thermophiles that when a(A) is used as the measure of affinity, affinity decreases consistently as temperature drops below the optimum temperature for growth. This effect may be because of stiffening of the lipids of the membrane below the temperature… CONTINUE READING

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