The effect of the burial environment on adipocere formation

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Show simple item record Forbes, SL Stuart, BH Dent, BB 2009-08-20T14:36:12Z 2005-11-10
dc.identifier.citation Forensic Science International, 2005, 154 (1), pp. 24 - 34
dc.identifier.issn 0379-0738
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract Adipocere is a decomposition product comprising predominantly of saturated fatty acids which results from the hydrolysis and hydrogenation of neutral fats in the body. Adipocere formation may occur in various decomposition environments but is chiefly dependent on the surrounding conditions. In a soil burial environment these conditions may include such factors as soil pH, temperature, moisture and the oxygen content within the grave site. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of these particular burial factors on the rate and extent of adipocere formation. Controlled laboratory experiments were conducted in an attempt to form adipocere from pig adipose tissue in model burial environments. Infrared spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were employed to determine the lipid profile and fatty acid composition of the adipocere product which formed in the burial environments. The results suggest that adipocere can form under a variety of burial conditions. Several burial factors were identified as enhancing adipocere formation whilst others clearly inhibited its formation. This study acts as a preliminary investigation into the effect of the burial environment on the resultant preservation of decomposing tissue via adipocere formation. © 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.forsciint.2004.09.107
dc.title The effect of the burial environment on adipocere formation
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Forensic Science International
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 154
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Clare, Ireland en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 24 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 34 en_US SCI.Chemistry and Forensic Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference 10th IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems
dc.for 0399 Other Chemical Sciences
dc.for 069901 Forensic Biology
dc.personcode 950589
dc.personcode 114232
dc.personcode 950402
dc.percentage 50 en_US Forensic Biology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.custom 1.388 en_US 2005-06-16
dc.location.activity Shanghai, PEOPLES R CHINA
dc.description.keywords Adipocere
dc.description.keywords Burial environment
dc.description.keywords Fatty acids
dc.description.keywords Moisture
dc.description.keywords Oxygen content
dc.description.keywords Soil pH
dc.description.keywords Temperature
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Forensic Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc true
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)
utslib.collection.history School of Chemistry and Forensic Science (ID: 339)
utslib.collection.history General Collection (ID: 346) [2015-05-15T14:11:52+10:00]

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