TABLE 1.

Maximum specific growth rate, final population, and lag period of control and mixed cultures in gel cassettes stored at 5°Ca

Cassette(s)Mean rate (h−1) ± SDFinal count (mean log10 CFU/g) ± SDMean lag time (h) ± SD
CP (Pseudomonas sp.)0.057 ± 0.0058.544 ± 0.1030
CB (B. thermosphacta)0.036 ± 0.0028.360 ± 0.1220
CS (S. putrefaciens)0.053 ± 0.0038.682 ± 0.0898.384 ± 4.372
MPB
    Pseudomonas sp.0.060 ± 0.0058.319 ± 0.1030
    B. thermosphacta0.048 ± 0.0038.211 ± 0.1130
MPS
    Pseudomonas sp.0.055 ± 0.0048.415 ± 0.0860
    S. putrefaciens0.037 ± 0.0048.294 ± 0.1830
MBS
    B. thermosphacta0.042 ± 0.0048.146 ± 0.1460
    S. putrefaciens0.047 ± 0.0057.977 ± 0.1860
MPBS
    Pseudomonas sp.0.058 ± 0.0068.072 ± 0.1400
    B. thermosphacta0.039 ± 0.0028.360 ± 0.1220
    S. putrefaciens0.045 ± 0.0057.587 ± 0.1470
  • a CP, control Pseudomonas sp.; CB, control B. thermosphacta; CS, control S. putrefaciens; MPB, Pseudomonas sp. and B. thermosphacta; MPS, Pseudomonas sp. and S. putrefaciens; MBS, B. thermosphacta and S. putrefaciens; MPBS, Pseudomonas sp., B. thermosphacta, and S. putrefaciens.