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J Basic Microbiol. 2001;41(1):51-5.

Identification of geosmin as a volatile metabolite of Anabaena sp.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid-22110, Jordan.


A cyanobacterial isolate recovered from Lake Ogletree, the principal drinking water supply for the city of Auburn, Alabama (USA) was identified as Anabaena sp. The isolate was shown to produce the most common off-flavor compound, geosmin.

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