Generally, microorganisms exhibit different minimum, maximum, and optimum upon exposure to variety of ecological factors such as temperature, pH, presence of toxins, and moisture level in soil, etc., all of which impact their growth. In marine environment, along with temperature, pressure and salinity are also important factors to consider for microbial growth. Since there may be several species in the environment capable of degrading a toxic chemical, the tolerance level is also expected to be much broader.
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