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Those funky cheese smells allow microbes to ‘talk’ to and feed each other

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Those funky cheese smells allow microbes to 'talk' to and feed each other

Fungi and bacteria key to ripening cheese communicate with and feed each other using volatile compounds. Credit: Adam Detour Researchers at Tufts University have found that those distinctly funky smells from cheese are one way that fungi communicate with bacteria, and what they are saying has a lot to do with the delicious variety of flavors that cheese has to offer. The research team found that common bacteria essential to ripening cheese can sense and respond to compounds produced by fungi in the rind and released into the air, enhancing the growth of some species of bacteria over others. […]

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