Chemical characterization of volatile organic compounds on animal farms

https://doi.org/10.17221/1969-VETMEDCitation:Ciganek M., Neca J. (2008): Chemical characterization of volatile organic compounds on animal farms. Veterinarni Medicina, 53: 641-651.
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More than one hundred volatile organic substances were identified by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in the indoor and outdoor air, stable and farm road dust and farm soil samples from two pig and cattle farms in the South Moravian Region. Volatile fatty acids (acetic, propanoic, butanoic and pentanoic acids) and their esters dominated along with aldehydes (butanal, pentanal and hexanal) and 4-methylphenol in the indoor and outdoor air samples. Road dust and soil samples contained mainly volatile aromatic compounds (toluene, benzene, ethylbenzene, styrene and xylenes), aliphatic hydrocarbons (largely n-alkanes), dichloromethane and carbon disulphide. The health risks associated with particular volatile compounds detected in the indoor and outdoor samples from the farms need to be assessed.
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