Last updated: November 18, 2021

What Does Culture Mean?

In biology, culture refers to the cultivation of microorganisms and the reproduction of bacteria, tissues, and cells.


Maximum Yield Explains Culture

Microorganism culture growth can occur rapidly when given the proper temperatures and conditions. An algae outbreak on a lake during warm weather is an example of how rapidly microorganisms can reproduce. The warm temperatures and sunshine create a culture that stimulates microorganism growth.

The same is true of a bacterial infection in animals or humans. The reproduction of microorganisms through rapid cell division can infect a person or animal within hours.

Bacterial infections in plants can occur as leaf spots, root rots, gall, wilts, or blights. Pathogenic bacteria in plants can survive inside the plant and rotting debris from infected plants can create a culture in which the bacteria can reproduce, only to infect the next generation of plants.

However, not all bacteria is harmful and beneficial bacteria is essential in humans and animals for such basic functions as digestion. Some foods such as yogurt are high in beneficial bacteria, which reproduce because the dairy product is inoculated with the proper culture for bacterial growth.

In microbiology, microbial culture is a method of multiplying microbial organisms by cultivating them in a culture media under controlled laboratory conditions.


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