"Radium" <glucegen1 at excite.com> wrote in message
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>>biovirus04 at gmail.com wrote:
>> Radium wrote:
>>>> > What odorous chemicals do anaerobic bacteria [excluding the
>> > acetic-acid-producing bacteria] produce when they feed on ethanol in an
>> > oxygen-free environment? What do these compounds' odors resemble?
>>>> However, there is an organism called Clostridium kluyveri that breaks
>> down EtOH anaerobically. It's the only one I know of that can break
>> down EtOH, but I'm no expert on metabolism. The reaction that it
>> carries out is:
>>>> EtOH + Acetate + CO2 --> Caproate + Butyrate + H2
>>>> What if there is no acetate or CO2?
Then there is no life. Both are either intracellular intermediates or
products of a variety of essential biological processes.