B. Stearothermophilus remains alive even under intense electric field, sinc
e spores formed are highly resistant to damage from electric field effects.
This paper describes the effects of pulsed electric field on B, Stearother
mophilus (ATCC no. 12 980), An aqueous suspension of B, Stearothermophilus
spores was placed between parallel planar electrodes and subjected to pulse
d electric fields of up to 180 kV/cm, which are obtained from a high-voltag
e pulsed voltage generator. Either a Blumlein generator or a magnetic compr
ession circuit with a semiconductor opening switch was used as the pulsed v
oltage generator. The spores that survived the treatment were detected by a
colony counting method. The growth activities were measured using a microb
ial calorimetry technique, The temperature and pH of the spore suspension r
emained unchanged during the treatment. It was found that the growth activi
ty of B. Stearothermophilus was affected by the pulsed electric field, whil
e no remarkable lethal effect was observed in the range of up to 40 kV/cm.