Bacterial volatiles: the smell of small organisms

Nat Prod Rep. 2007 Aug;24(4):814-42. doi: 10.1039/b507392h. Epub 2007 Apr 17.


This review describes volatiles released into the air by bacteria growing on defined media. Their occurrence, function, and biosynthesis are discussed, and a total of 308 references are cited. An effort has been made to organize the compounds according to their biosynthetic origin.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Physiological Phenomena*
  • Biological Products / chemistry*
  • Biological Products / physiology*
  • Molecular Structure
  • Odorants*


  • Biological Products