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Rapid continuous chemical analysis of broiler shed emissions by SIFT-MS
Summary This project will trial a relatively new technology, Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry, SIFTMS, to determine its suitability for realtime identification and quantification of the odorants within broiler shed emissions over time and space. Such data is currently lacking, yet necessary for developing better odour abatement strategies, assessment methods and odour dispersion models.

SIFTMS allows rapid, real time measurement of volatile organic compounds and certain inorganic gases, including ammonia and hydrogen sulphide, to subpart per billion levels. SIFTMS requires no sample preparation and can provide nearreal time, onsite analysis. By eliminating sample storage, transport and analysis delays, VOCs could be more accurately quantified and the composition of shed emissions could be characterised and quantified 24/7.

The SIFTMS will be leased for a month and deployed at various broiler farms in SE Queensland to gather a number of relevant datasets for critical evaluation and comparison to other measurements including GCMS, Olfactometry and Artificial Olfaction System data.
Program Chicken Meat
Research organisation The State of Queensland acting through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Objective summary Determine suitability of SIFTMS for poultry emissions monitoring and odour characterisation
Assemble comprehensive VOC database from SIFTMS sampling at various broiler farms in SE Queensland
Critically compare inshed and downwind VOC data to determine key odorants
Critically compare inshed SIFTMS data and nonselective sensor array data from the current Artificial Olfaction System (AOS)
Project Stage Closed
Project start date Monday, May 20, 2013
Project completion date Thursday, June 12, 2014
Journal articles from project Not Available
National priority An environmentally sustainable Australia
Rural priority Soil, water and managing natural resources
RIRDC goal CME-Manage the environment for sustainable development
Principal researcher Michael Atzeni
Research manager Michael Beer
Admin contact Paul Hickey