Those funky cheese smells allow microbes to ‘talk’ to and feed each other

Researchers found that bacteria essential to ripening cheese can sense and respond to compounds produced by fungi in the rind and released into the air, enhancing the growth of some species of bacteria over others. The make-up of the cheese microbiome is critical to flavor and quality of the cheese. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/10/201016164320.htm