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Advanced Quantitative Microbiology for Foods and Biosystems
Models for Predicting Growth and Inactivation
by Micha Peleg

Advanced Quantitative Microbiology for Foods and Biosystems describes new models for estimating microbial growth and survival.


  • Covers how to use the new approach to predict the outcome of anti-microbial treatments and estimate the potential frequencies of future safety problems in foods and water
  • Includes numerous schematic drawings that allow you to grasp the new methods and underlying concepts
  • Provides a critical assessment of the discrepancies between theory and reality and fosters an alternative interpretation of the literature and experimental results
  • Includes demonstrations with actual data that illustrate how microbial systems often respond in ways that differ from that implied by the standard theories
  • Explores how growth and mortality patterns can be more accurately predicted with modern mathematical procedures and software


Isothermal Microbial Heat Inactivation

  • Primary Models - the Traditional Approach
  • The Survival Curve as a Cumulative Form of the Heat Distribution Resistances
  • Secondary Models

Nonisothermal Heat Inactivation

  • The Traditional Approach
  • The Proposed Alternative
  • Nonisothermal Weibuillian Survival
  • Non Weibullian Survival Models
  • Experimental Verification of the Model
  • Heat-Induced Chemical and Physical Changes

Generating Nonisothermal Heat Inactivation Curves with Difference Equations in Real Time

  • The Difference Equation of the Weibullian-Log Logistic
  • Non-isothermal Survival Model
  • Non Weibullian Survival Curves
  • Comparison between the Continuous and
  • Incremental Models

Estimation of Microbial Survival Parameters from Nonisothermal Inactivation Data

  • The Linear Case
  • The Nonlinear Case

Isothermal Inactivation with Stable and Dissipating Chemical Agents

  • Chemical Inactivation under "Constant" Agent Concentration
  • Microbial Inactivation with a Dissipating Chemical Agent
  • Estimation of Survival Parameters from Data Obtained during Treatments with a Dissipating Agent
  • Discrete Version of the Survival Model

High Co2 and Ultrahigh Hydrostatic Pressure Preservation

  • Microbial Inactivation under High CO2 Pressure
  • Ultrahigh Pressure
  • How to Use the Model

Dose-Response Curves

  • The Fermi (Logistic) Distribution
  • The Weibull Distribution
  • Mixed Populations

Isothermal and Nonisothermal Bacterial Growth in a Closed Habitat

  • The Traditional Models
  • The Logistic-Fermi Combination Model
  • Simulation of Non-isothermal Growth Patterns
  • Using the Logistic-Fermi Model
  • Prediction of Non-isothermal Growth Patterns from Isothermal Growth Data

Interpretation of Fluctuating Microbial Count Records in Food and Water

  • Microbial Quality Control in a Food Plant
  • The Origins and Nature of Microbial Count Fluctuations
  • Asymmetry between Life and Death
  • Estimating the Frequency of Future Outbursts - the Principle
  • Testing Counts Independence
  • Uneven Rounding and Record De-rounding
  • Choosing a Distribution Function
  • Extinction and Absence
  • Special Patterns

Estimating Frequencies of Future Microbial High Counts or Outbursts in Foods and Water

  • Microbial Counts in a Cheese-Based Snack
  • Rating Raw Milk Sources
  • Frozen Foods
  • E. coli in Wash Water of a Poultry Plant
  • Fecal Bacteria in Lake Kinneret
  • Characterization of Truncated Count Distributions
  • Issues of Concern

A Probalistic Model of Historic Epidemics

  • The Model
  • Mortality from Smallpox and Measles in 18th Century England
  • Potential Uses of the Model in Contemporary Epidemiology

Aperiodic Microbial Outbursts with Variable Duration

  • Microbial Fluctuations in a Water Reservoir
  • A Model of Pathogen Outbursts in Foods
  • Other Potential Applications of the Model

Outstanding Issues and Concluding Remarks

  • Inactivation Models
  • Growth Models
  • Fluctuating Records in Water and Foods


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Advanced Quantitative Microbiology for Foods and Biosystems
Models for Predicting Growth and Inactivation
by Micha Peleg

2006 • 456 pages • $168.95 + shipping
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