French translation: géosmine

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00:54 Jul 20, 2020
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English term or phrase: geosmin
Definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary:
a volatile, organic compound C12H22O that is formed especially by soil-dwelling bacteria (such as streptomyces) and aquatic cyanobacteria and that may contribute to the earthy, pleasant odor of petrichor or impart a disagreeable, musty taste and odor to drinking water and certain fish

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  • To put that in context, a shark can smell blood at one part per million. That means human noses are 200,000X more sensitive to geosmin, which is also the source of the earthy taste in some vegetables, than a shark is to blood. American Council on Science and Health
  • They came up with the idea of “olfactogenetics.” It’s similar in principle to optogenetics, an approach Potter had been trying with Drosophila but to underwhelming results. Rather than using light to stimulate a specific neuron, olfactogenetics uses an odor—geosmin. nature
  • Yet despite this substantial body of knowledge, geosmin and 2-MIB remain poorly understood throughout much of the water industry, and misconceptions which impede the prediction, treatment, and control of these volatile organic compounds (VOCs) persist. ASM Journals
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French translation:géosmine
Composé organique d'origine microbienne qui est responsable du goût et de l'odeur de vase, de terre ou de moisi dans les eaux où on le rencontre.
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Definition from Grand dictionnaire terminologique:
Composé organique d'origine microbienne qui est responsable du goût et de l'odeur de vase, de terre ou de moisi dans les eaux où on le rencontre.

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  • La géosmine contenue dans le vin donne des odeurs de terre et des goûts moisi-terrreux. - Wikipédia  
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