[Microbiology] Re: Do any bad-smelling compounds result from anoxic bacterial decomposition of ethanol?

biovirus04 at gmail.com biovirus04 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 27 20:01:14 EST 2006

> Does butyrate smell like butyric acid?
> Does caproate smell like caproic acid?

I just told you that acetate smells like acetic acid.  So what do you

Do you realize that butyrate and butyric acid are, in essence, the same
thing?  Butyric acid becomes butyrate upon dissolution in
water.....just like acetic acid becomes acetate upon dissolution in
water.  They're the same thing.....minus a proton.

Alex B. Berezow, Grad Student
Dept. of Microbiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA  98195

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