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microbes, temperature ranges




Four categories of microbes are recognized according to the temperature range in which they can reproduce and grow:


type of microbe minimum maximum
psychrophile -10°C (14°F) 20°C (68°F)
mesophile 10°C (50°F) 50°C (122°F)
thermophile 40°C (104°F) 70°C (158°F)
hyperthermophile 60°C (140°F) 115°C (239°F)


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