Determination of ergosterol as an indicator of fungal biomass in various samples using non-discriminating flash pyrolysis.

@article{Parsi2006DeterminationOE,
  title={Determination of ergosterol as an indicator of fungal biomass in various samples using non-discriminating flash pyrolysis.},
  author={Ziba Parsi and Tadeusz G{\'o}recki},
  journal={Journal of chromatography. A},
  year={2006},
  volume={1130 1},
  pages={145-50}
}
Ergosterol is the major sterol constituent of most fungi. Since it is present in negligible amounts in higher plants, it can be used as a chemical marker for the presence of fungal contamination. A number of different ergosterol assays have been developed for the quantification of fungi in various samples. The paper presents the development of a new method for ergosterol detection based on the combination of non-discriminating flash pyrolysis with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS… CONTINUE READING