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Microbial growth is a broad idea that represents the study of populations of dividing cells, most often via binary fission, forming identical daughter cells through the replication and division of chromosomes. Prior to the generation of endospores, the measurement of focus in determining microbial growth, the numerous cells that are present go through phases to replicate and become visible. These phases include the lag, log (exponential), stationary, and death, in which the cells grow, reproduce, live, and die. The majority of the growth that is to be observed will occur within the lag and log (exponential) phases of the bacterial cell’s lives.

In regards to the growth of the cell, there are many factors that are necessary for viable and sustainable growth and reproduction of the spores that are to be produced. These factors include the environment that they are to be exposed to, as well as the length of time that they are allowed to grow with minimal control. The greatest limiting factor that is to be utilized is the use of spices. A spice is defined as, “in the culinary arts the word spice refers to any dried part of a plant, other than the leaves, used for seasoning and flavoring a recipe, but not used as the main ingredient.” Due to their evolved mechanisms that inhibit the growth of bacteria, including the creation of defensive phytochemicals (Sherman & Billing 1998), spices have been used for antimicrobial purposes throughout the ages. By limiting the food-borne illnesses that arise as part of the bacterial growth, the spices can be vital resources in the evolution of life itself.

Although nearly every spice has antimicrobial results, the levels of intensity in which they prove effective varies. Cinnamomum zeylanicum, commonly known as cinnamon, has been noted to be a particularly intense antimicrobial mechanism, such that it impedes the growth of of…...

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