Mesophiles are microbes which reproduce and grow best in the temperature range 10° to 50°C (50° to 122°F). They represent the majority of microbial species on Earth, including all the pathogens of mammals. Some mesophiles, said to be psychrotolerant, exhibit slow growth at lower temperatures; they include soil microbes that must be able to survive temperature extremes.
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