Diatom test with Soluene-350 to diagnose drowning in sea water

Laura Sidari, Nunzio Di Nunno, Fulvio Costantinides, Mauro Melato

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The authors tested the Soluene-350 method to detect diatoms in three cases of sea water drowning. The negative results obtained in all three cases prompted us to re-test the method on samples of fresh water and sea water microalgae. The experiment showed that the siliceous frustule of sea water diatoms is solubilized by Soluene-350 while that of fresh water diatoms is resistant to the treatment. The method, which is effective in cases of drowning in fresh water, should therefore be used with caution in sea water drowning. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 1999


  • Diatoms
  • Drowning
  • Plankton
  • Soluene 350

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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