Characteristic soil smell?

John Chalmers jhchalmers at
Wed Sep 27 14:59:48 EST 2000

The compound is called "geosmin" and is produced by a soil microbe whose
name I forget, but which may be a streptomycete. It gives beets their
characteristic odor and to some extent their taste as it grows on their
cortices. Sorry I don't remember more.


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