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The nose knows. Microorganisms produce odors in a wide variety of ecosystems, causing a wide range of environmental, medical, and other issues. Examples include bacterial-associated human odors, odors related to livestock and pets, wastewater, food and beverage production and spoilage, etc. These far-flung fields share many areas of common interest including odor measurement, identification of responsible microorganisms and metabolic pathways, and treatment strategies. Participants will discuss the role odors play in microbiology, from bad breath to the stink of a hog farm.
Terence Whitehead, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Peoria, Illinois
Mel Rosenberg, Tel-Aviv Univ.