Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
College of Science
This experiment sought to determine if Candida albicans contributed to the production of the volatile organic compound ethanol in decomposing beef livers. The results this experiment proved to be inconclusive. This experiment showed no correlation between the amount the presence of Candida albicans and the production of the volatile organic compound ethanol based on the standard addition method. This may be indicative that VOC analysis is not an appropriate method for determining time of death based on a quantitative analysis of volatile organic compounds. However, the experimental design most likely needs be altered to accommodate a more accurate method of sample retrieval and analysis.
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Mozingo, Chelsey, "Contribution of Candida albicans to the Synthesis of the Volatile Organic Compound Ethanol in Putrefied Bodies" (2009). Honors Theses. 151.