Spoilage (Science Experiments)
The leftover that became a home
All by themselves
Spoiled Milk: How do different temperatures of liquid affect its rate of spoilage?
When food has spoiled it is usually noticeable to your senses of smell and sight. Spoilage is when food has taken on an undesirable color, odor, or texture. Eating spoiled food can result in food poisoning, which can cause vomiting, nausea, and more severe symptoms. There are two main causes of natural food spoilage: microscopic organisms and chemical changes.
Leave food out on the kitchen countertop and within seconds it can become the home of microorganisms that are floating by in the air. When these microbes land on a suitable environment, they settle down and begin to grow. Many foods present an ideal environment.
The three main types of microbes that cause food spoilage are yeasts, molds, and . (See chapters on Bacteria and Fungi.) Bacteria are single-celled organisms that grow under a wide range of conditions. Yeasts and molds are both types of fungi, a large grouping of organisms...
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