What are MIB and geosmin?

What are MIB and geosmin?

Geosmin and Methylisoborneol (MIB) are naturally occurring compounds that have an earthy taste and odour. Seasonal increases in naturally occurring algae or bacteria in water sources can cause a rise in Geosmin and/or MIB above the taste and odour threshold.

How do you test for geosmin in water?

A new electrochemical sensor based on molecular imprinting technology was developed to detect geosmin in water. This sensor can detect geosmin at concentrations as low as 5 ng/L.

What is 2-Methylisoborneol and geosmin?

Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) are muddy/earthy off-flavor metabolites produced by a range of bacteria. Cyanobacteria are the major producers of the volatile metabolites geosmin and MIB which produce taste and odor problems in drinking water and fish worldwide.

What causes MIB?

What Causes Increased Levels of Geosmin and MIB? Some kinds of algae and bacteria present in lake and reservoir water naturally produce geosmin and MIB. An increase in this production typically happens during late summer into early fall when lake levels are low and water temperatures are warm.

Is the smell of rain toxic?

“It is not toxic to humans in typical found ranges, but somehow we associate it with something negative,” he added. Petrichor: The term: Coined by scientists Isabel Joy Bear and Richard Thomas in their 1964 article “Nature of Argillaceous Odour”, published in the journal Nature.

What causes Geosmin?

How is geosmin made? In the soil, geosmin production is attributed to a single genus of bacteria, called Streptomyces. These are soil-dwelling bacteria which, when faced with unfavourable conditions grow spores (see photo) which can be dispersed to new, more favourable conditions, enabling the bacteria to survive.

What is Geosmin water?

Geosmin is a naturally occurring compound produced by bacteria in soil and algae found in surface water. Geosmin produces the odor of overturned rich soils and is present in foods such as beets, spinach, and mushrooms.

What bacteria causes geosmin?

What is MIB in water treatment?

Geosmin and Methyl-Isoborneol (MIB) are naturally occurring compounds that have a earthy/musty taste and odor. Geosmin and MIB are some of the most difficult compounds to remove during water treatment. The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) routinely monitors for geosmin and MIB in the drinking water supply.