Microsoft Excel® is most popularly used spreadsheet software. Although figures can be drawn using the software, their quality seems to be unsatisfactory for the use in scientific papers or reports. The quality can be improved using Microsoft PowerPoint®, which is also software in Microsoft Office® and is widely used as a presentation tool. A rough figure is prepared based on the data in the Excel, and it is modified to fine one using the PowerPoint. It will be explained how to draw fine figures using both the software.
We made a re-expanded version for the database of thermal death of microorganisms, ThermoKill Database (TKDB) R8110. The database was built using data adopted and collected from research papers published between 1981 and 2010 in 25 major selected academic journals. The database includes thermal death data such as 20,467 D values and 3,272 z values along with predicted D values at reference temperatures, other microbial information, environmental conditions and bibliographic data for a total of 70 items. Representative statistical distribution data obtained from the novel database were demonstrated and discussed the significance of its practical use in food industry.