Fate and Transport of Microbes in Water, Soils and Sediments. Microbial Survival in the Environment – Pathogens. Pathogen survival: Differs widely among microbes: Bacteria: spores survive better than vegetative cells Also differs between Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
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Microbes are most stable in the environment and will grow in media (e.g., foods) in the mid pH range
Clumped: interior microbes protected
Adsorbed: partially protected
Embedded: most protected
Dispersed: least protected
: Antimicrobial agent