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Detecting organic tracers from biomass burning in the atmosphere.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11693634     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This is a brief review key to the literature on the determination of organic tracers from biomass burning which are detectable even after long-range global transport in total extracts of atmospheric particles. The major tracers are thermal degradation products from the biopolymer cellulose, namely the didehydromonosaccharide derivatives levoglucosan, galactosan and mannosan and the resin acid derivative dehydroabietic acid, with minor beta-sitosterol. Dehydroabietic acid is emitted primarily from burning of conifer fuel and these tracers are found in most aerosol samples from the North American continent. Particulate matter from the atmosphere over oceanic areas contains organic tracers from both natural and biomass burning emissions. The major biomarker compounds characterized are natural products from continental vegetation consisting primarily of epicuticular wax components and trace components from biomass burning emissions. The presence of these tracers in atmospheric particulate matter over the ocean confirms the long-range transport of smoke from biomass burning off the continents.
B R Simoneit; V O Elias
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2001 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-11-05     Completed Date:  2002-07-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  805-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Environmental and Petroleum Geochemistry, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis 97331-5503, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants / analysis*
Cellulose / metabolism
Diterpenes / analysis
Diterpenes, Abietane*
Environmental Monitoring
Galactose / analogs & derivatives,  analysis
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Glucose / analogs & derivatives*,  analysis
Mannose / analogs & derivatives,  analysis
Organic Chemicals / analysis*
Smoke / analysis*
Sterols / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Diterpenes; 0/Diterpenes, Abietane; 0/Organic Chemicals; 0/Smoke; 0/Sterols; 0/galactosan; 0/mannosan; 1740-19-8/dehydroabietic acid; 26566-61-0/Galactose; 31103-86-3/Mannose; 498-07-7/1,6-anhydro-beta-glucopyranose; 50-99-7/Glucose; 9004-34-6/Cellulose

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