Fungal volatile organic compounds and their role in ecosystems

  title={Fungal volatile organic compounds and their role in ecosystems},
  author={Richard Hung and Samantha Lee and Joan W Bennett},
  journal={Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology},
All odorants are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), i.e., low molecular weight compounds that easily evaporate at normal temperatures and pressure. Fungal VOCs are relatively understudied compared to VOCs of bacterial, plant, or synthetic origin. Much of the research to date on fungal VOCs has focused on their food and flavor properties, their use as indirect indicators of fungal growth in agriculture, or their role as semiochemicals for insects. In addition, research into fungal volatiles has… 
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