The current study was conducted to statistically compare the SYBR® Green quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay and the conventional plate counting (PC) method to construct growth curves of a cocktail of Weissella viridescens in pure culture under different isothermal storage conditions (4, 8, 14, and 30°C) and in mixed culture with Leuconostoc mesenteroides at 8°C. The efficiency and specificity of the qPCR standard curves were confirmed, and both methods were adequate to quantify the growth kinetics of W. viridescens at all isothermal temperatures, demonstrating a good correlation and agreement. The efficiencies of the standard curves varied between 98% and 102%. The SYBR® Green qPCR assay was also able to differentiate the growth curves of W. viridescens and L. mesenteroides in the mixed culture at 8°C. Additionally, the SYBR® Green qPCR method was considered a faster and more sensitive alternative to construct growth curves under different isothermal conditions and differentiate...

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