Wine-trashing microbe identified

Wine-trashing microbe identified

Science scores another victory in the war against taint

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 18:25 PM November 19, 2010

Scientists have unmasked a culprit responsible for contaminating untold bottles of wine with the musty, corky odor generally known as taint.

More than 20 years after the isolation of MDMP, a compound that can turn even the finest wine into plonk, the identity of a microbe that churns out the stuff is now in hand, researchers report online November 8 in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The next step is figuring out where the critter thrives and when in the journey from vine to ...

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