Issue Date: October 1, 2012 | Web Date: September 28, 2012
Bacteria Emit Chemical Stews
A new study of the air floating above dozens of strains of bacteria has revealed a cornucopia of volatile compounds, including 12 new natural products and a handful of insect pheromones (J. Nat. Prod., DOI: 10.1021/np300468h).
The work, from chemistry professor Jeroen S. Dickschat, Christian A. Citron, and Patrick Rabe at the Technical University of Braunschweig, in Germany, not only shows that this bacterial “headspace” could be a rich . . .
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