What chemicals, acids, gases or other biproducts do vinegar eels (Turbatrix aceti) produce (in raw vinegar and/or in the vinegar-creation process, which process may have them in environments including such as fruit scraps and fermented fruit scraps, sugar, alcohol, or water)? I know they're said to feed on acetic acid bacteria and apples.

I'm particularly curious if they produce acetic acid, carbon dioxide, enzymes, and/or vitamins, but I'm generally curious about everything they produce. I'm not sure exactly how many chemicals a single nematode species can produce (so, if it's a lot, you can narrow your answer down to what might be particularly useful to a nutritionist and/or someone making vinegar).

I thought this might be a better place to ask than Seasoned Advice, seeing as it's about biological processes, and as far as I know, little is publicly known in the culinary world about what they produce (I couldn't find any information on it).

  • $\begingroup$ If it's appropriate here, feel free to create a tag for nematology and add this to it. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 4:47
  • $\begingroup$ Per wikipedia vinegar eels don't contribute to the creation of vinegar, rather they feed on the bacteria that are creating the vinegar. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 5:54


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