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How much does temperature affect how fast cheese molds? A piece of mold from a strawberry was placed on six different slices of provolone cheese and the slices stored in a refrigerator (40oF), incubator(93.2oF) and on a counter at room temperature (72oF). Mold growth was monitored weekly by measuring the diameter of mold spread in each treatment. After three weeks, the cheese held in the incubator had the highest rate of mold growth, while the cheese held at room and refrigeration temperature showed similar growth profile. However, by the fourth week, the mold exposed to room temperature grow exponentially above other treatments. Results indicate that unrefrigerated cheese may be able to resist mold growth in the first two weeks of storage. After that there is rapid degradation.
Johnson , H. N., Borger , V., & Mock , M. (2020). Effect of Temperature of the Growth of Mold on Provolone Cheese. .