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Name: Rukky
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Date: August 2004

Why do mold cultures require a much longer period of incubation than bacteria yeasts?

Bacteria are procaryotic cells (no nucleus, mitochondria, golgi bodies, endoplamic reticulum, chromosomes, etc) and can divide in as few as 20 minutes. A bacterial cell is about the size of a mitochondrium. Cells comprising a mold are eucaryotic cells. They contain a nucleus, chromosomes, endoplasmic reticulum and hundreds of mitochondria and therefore take a minimum of several hours to reproduce due to their relative complexity.

Regards, Ron Baker, Ph.D.

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