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Title: Monitoring of Malodorous Compounds from a Swine Waste Lagoon by an Equilibrium Technique

item Loughrin, John
item Lovanh, Nanh

Submitted to: ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/13/2007
Publication Date: 11/7/2007
Citation: Loughrin, J.H., Lovanh, N.C., Quintanar, A., Mahmood, R. 2007. Monitoring of Malodorous Compounds from a Swine Waste Lagoon by an Equilibrium Technique. ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. Presentation 245:18.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The levels of malodorous compounds in the air above an anaerobic lagoon of a large swine farrowing operation were measured. Compounds were adsorbed onto silicone stir bars and retained compounds measured by gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy. Equilibration times were previously determined by experiments in which the stir bars were preloaded with a series of standard compounds varying in polarity and boiling point. Equilibration time for stir bars in air were found to be most related to compound boiling point whereas equilibration time for stir bars in water had been found previously to be correlated with compound polarity. While the samplers were deployed above the lagoon, air samples were also passed at a rate of 50 mL min-1 through thermal desorption tubes containing a bed of Tenax TA in an attempt to relate the concentration of specific mal-odorants with the level of compounds retained on the silicone stir bars. While the air samples were collected, meteorological measurements were also recorded including wind speed and direction, wind speed at two heights above the lagoon surface, air and water temperatures and relative humidity. Mention of a trademark or product anywhere in this article is to describe experimental procedures and does not constitute a guarantee or warranty of the product by the USDA and does not imply its approval to the exclusion of other products or vendors that may also be suitable.