From: email@example.com(Steven B. Harris)
Subject: Re: Do Bacteria Have Odors?
Date: 7 Aug 1998 05:06:39 GMT
In <firstname.lastname@example.org> email@example.com (Don Montgomery)
>I think this was mentioned about ten years back on this group, but I
>don't recall the thread.
>Do germs have odors? Can one smell staph, strept and some of the other
>common bacteria if they exist in large quantity? If so, do we smell
>them directly or their byproducts? I'm not talking about odor caused
>by bacterial breakdown of tissue, etc.
Some bacteria make strong odors. Some anaerobes smell perfectly
putrid, and an openened culture container can make everyone in a whole
building puke, or want to. Other aerobic bacteria have identifiable
but less objectionable odors. Pseudomonas smells a bit like fresh
corn torteas. Most bacteria are odorless. Or their culture media, at
least, smells more strongly (even though most augars and broths smell
Steve Harris, M.D.