FINAL SUMMARY REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF "YELLOW RAIN" SAMPLES FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA

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Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Summary analyses of vegetation, powder, plastic-bag, body-tissue and fluids collected or received by a Canadian Forces (CF) medical team in Southeast Asia (SEA), including gas chromatography, mass spectrometry investigations are given. Screening for the trichothecene mycotoxins; Deoxynivalenol (DON), Diacetoxyscripenol (DAS), HT-2, and T-2 found no amounts significantly greater than those reported worldwide on stored cereal crops in any of the naturally-occuring materials. Conditions of collection and transport of samples from SEA do not preclude higher levels having been present at the time of sampling. Analysis of a plastic bag given to the CF team did show more measurable quantities of HT-2 and T-2 toxins. Photomicrographic studies of yellow spots on the vegetation indicated these materials were almost entirely pollen, while spots on the plastic bag showed there to be no pollen grains.
Report Number
DREO-912 —
Date of publication
15 Feb 1986
Number of Pages
70
DSTKIM No
86-01984
CANDIS No
96706
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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