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What temperature do microorganisms grow best in?

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Wiki User
10/10/2008

This depends on the microbes in question. Some microbes are adapted to very hot (thermophiles) or very cold (cryophiles) conditions. But most of the microbes that makes us sick or spoil food prefer conditions right around room temperature, give or take a few degrees. This is why refrigerating food or cooking food can help minimize food spoilage and food borne illness.