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muddy flavour
(English) A tainted flavour or odour of fish flesh caused by the chemicals geosmin and 2-methylisoborneal released by microorganisms in the water and taken up by fish through their gills. Found in fresh and brackish water fish as the responsible Cyanobacteria (Anabaena geosmin) and Oscillatoria (2-methylisoborneal)) do not grow in sea water. Also called earthy flavour. (See also: taint, microorganisms, gill)

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