The potential application of rapid gas-chromatographic assay of microbial respiration to the monitoring of wood decay in field trial situations

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Gas chromatographic detection of microbial activity (C02 production) within stakes in a field trial situation would appear to provide a sensitive, non-destructive and relatively rapid method for the quantitative assessment of preservative treatments. Most consistent results were obtained when stakes were removed from the soil, washed, saturated with water and incubated in sealed PVC tubes at 25°C for 24 h prior to assay of gas samples from the tubes. Each assay took 1.6 min to perform and stakes were returned to the field within 48 h. Microbial activity was readily detected in untreated Eucalyptus regnans stakes after 18 days field exposure. Stakes pressure impregnated with CCA, busan-30 or creosote displayed consistently low levels of activity to the present time (3 months after insertion).


Keywords: GC; RESPIROMETRY; DECAY; FIELD TEST; BUSAN 30; CCA; CREOSOTE; CO2 ASSAY; INCUBATION CONDITIONS; TOXIC LIMITS; NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING;

Conference: 83-05-09/13 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia


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