≥97% (GC)

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≥97% (GC)



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(±)-Geosmin has been used as a standard for GC-MS based analytical techniques. Geosmin has also been used to study its adsorption on activated carbon.


5, 10 mg in glass bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

(±)-Geosmin is produced by Streptomyces coelicolor and cyanobacteria.
Geosmin is a naturally occurring biomolecule that contributes to the earthy or musty flavor and odor in water supplies. This water contaminant can be detected by humans at ng/l (parts per trillion) concentrations.


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Eye Irrit. 2


13 - Non Combustible Solids

WGK Germany


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dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves

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  5. What can you tell me about the stereochemistry of Sigma-Aldrich's (±)-Geosmin products?

    The geosmin products listed by Sigma-Aldrich (CAS Registry number [16423-19-1]) are synthetic, and would be exactly a 50:50 mixture of the (+) and (-) isomers. Specifically, the natural (-) isomer is (4S,4aS,8aR)-4,8a-Dimethyl-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydronaphthalen-4a-ol. Therefore, the unnatural (+) isomer (the mirror image) is (4R,4aR,8aS)-4,8a-Dimethyl-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydronaphthalen-4a-ol.This information has not been confirmed by a specific rotation measurement or chiral analysis, but is known based on the method of preparation.

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Adsorption of Geosmin and MIB on Activated Carbon Fibers-Single and Binary Solute System.
Srinivasan, R., and Sorial, G. A.
Water, Air, Soil Pollut., 9(3-4), 223-235 (2009)
Ezaz Ahmad et al.
Biochemical and biophysical research communications, 522(1), 226-232 (2019-11-25)
In Escherichia coli, G/C-rich hairpin structure followed by a U-tract in the 3' region of the nascent RNA are crucial determinants for intrinsic or factor independent transcription termination. In mycobacteria, there is a scarcity of such intrinsic terminators. However, secondary...
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Nayra Rodrigues de Alcântara et al.
Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 104(11), 5065-5080 (2020-04-08)
Mycobacterium abscessus subsp. massiliense (Mycma) belongs to the Mycobacterium abscessus complex and is a rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacterium. The chronic pulmonary, skin, and soft tissue infections that it causes may be difficult to treat due to its intrinsic resistance to...
S W Lloyd et al.
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 47(1), 164-169 (1999-11-24)
The semivolatile cyclic alcohols 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) and geosmin (GSM) impart muddy or musty flavors to water and food products. A rapid quantitative analytical technique has been developed whereby microwave distillation is used to remove the volatile organic compounds from a...

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