MadSci Network: Microbiology

Subject: How do botulism spores form?

Date: Tue Jan 4 23:25:22 2000
Posted by Ulrike
Grade level: nonaligned School: No school entered.
City: Dover State/Province: Delaware Country: USA
Area of science: Microbiology
ID: 947049922.Mi

We worry all the time about food poisoning from home made canned foods. I 
understand most heating kills living cells but not their "spores." Well how 
do the bacteria know to form spores? I can't imagine they know in advance 
that we're going to be cooking our jams!

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