Volume 90 Issue 40 | p. 12 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 1, 2012 | Web Date: September 28, 2012

Bacteria Emit Chemical Stews

Natural Products: Researchers detect myriad new compounds, insect pheromones
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: natural products, bacteria, insect pheromones, headspace

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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