Microbial Degradation of Ignitable Liquids

  • Katherine Hutches


Ignitable liquids in fire debris samples that are biologically active, such as soil or moldy building materials, can be subject to degradation through microbial metabolism. Unlike weathering, where compounds are lost in a predictable fashion based on volatility, microbial degradation alters ignitable liquids in an unpredictable fashion. The general trends in chemical losses and the factors that affect microbial degradation will be discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine Hutches
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  1. 1.Bureau of AlcoholTobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesWalnut CreekUSA

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