Does bacteria have an odor?
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Similarly one may ask, what bacteria causes odor?
Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is largely linked to the apocrine glands. Most body odor comes from these. These glands are found in the breasts, genital area, eyelids, armpits, and ear.
Similarly, what do germs smell like? Sometimes scent or odor produced by bacteria can give important clue in the identification of microorganisms, but it is not a reliable rule.
Microbes with Characteristics Smell (good and bad)
|Haemophilus spp.||Wet fur|
|Nocardia spp.||Musty basement|
Simply so, do bad smells contain bacteria?
Smell does not usually contain bacteria, which carry disease and are much larger than the gaseous molecules that make up a smell. So the odor itself cannot make you sick.
Does E coli have an odor?
The bad smell made by E. coli is caused by the reaction of an enzyme called tryptophanase that converts the amino acid tryptophan into the noxious chemical indole in the reaction shown below. Indole is actually responsible for the bad smell of human feces and it can be produced by E. coli produce a vanilla smell.