Analysis of Volatile Metabolites in Identification of Microbes and Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

  • Lennart Larsson
  • Per-Anders Mårdh
  • Göran Odham


The production of volatile compounds by microbes is dependent upon the environmental conditions, e.g., the chemical composition of the growth medium and whether respiration or fermentation is utilized in the microbial metabolism. Many microorganisms produce a number of volatile metabolites. Under controlled conditions of growth, characteristic combinations of volatiles are often formed by given genera, and sometimes also by given species. Quantitative identification of such microbial products should therefore provide information which is valuable both in the identification of microorganisms for diagnostic purposes and for taxonomic studies (Larsson and Mårdh, 1977).


Anaerobic Bacterium Volatile Fatty Acid Equine Infectious Anaemia Virus Anaerobic Infection Anaerobic Bacteremia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lennart Larsson
    • 1
  • Per-Anders Mårdh
    • 1
  • Göran Odham
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyUniversity of LundLundSweden
  2. 2.Laboratory of Ecological ChemistryUniversity of LundLundSweden

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