Environmental exposure to endotoxin emissions from commercial composting activities

Project details

Funding body: Natural Environment Research Council

Collaborators: Cranfield University and Centre for Research in Biosciences, UWE

Dates: 2007 - 2009

Project summary

This 18 month, proof-of-concept research project investigated the endotoxin element of bioaerosol release from commercial composting facilities.

In particular this project investigated how much endotoxin is released from composting facilities, how far it will travel and whether the concentrations found in air from compost facilities can harm the health of people living close to these facilities.

AQMRC led on the atmospheric dispersion modelling of both Endotoxins and Aspergillus Fumigatus and provided support in the development of the sampling methodology.

This successful project resulted in the publication of a number of academic papers. All the AQMRC publications can be found our Publication Repository.

For more details please e-mail Dr Enda Hayes.

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