Chapter 9: Controlling Microbial Growth in the Environment

Basic Principles of Microbial Control

Terminology of microbial control
Microbial death rates
Action of antimicrobial agents
 

The Selection of Microbial Control Methods

Factors affecting the efficacy of antimicrobial methods
Methods for evaluating disinfectants and antiseptics
 

Physical Methods of Microbial Control

Heat-related methods
Refrigeration and freezing
Dessication and lyophilization
Filtration
Osmotic pressure
Radiation
 

Chemical Methods of Microbial Control

Phenol and phenolics
Alcohols
Halogens
Oxidizing agents
Surfactants
Heavy metals
Aldehydes
Gaseous agents
Antimicrobials
Development of resistant microbes
 

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