Efficacy of Quenched Ethylene Oxide as a Sterilant for Wood at Room Temperature


  • Jean E. Clark
  • Roger S. Smith


Ethylene oxide, bacteria-infestation, fungi, sterilization


Small wood blocks infested with bacteria and fungi were adjusted to moisture contents of 0, 8 and 53% and exposed to ethylene oxide containing 88% dichlorodifluoromethane for up to 32 h at room temperature. This procedure is not a practical method for sterilizing wood.


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