The best method of diatom identification in animal and human tissues is still an important discussion topic, in terms of effectiveness and reliability. In this technical note, authors propose a new method of extraction of diatoms using heated hydrogen peroxide from animal and human tissue samples. This method has been compared with the traditional method of digestion with acids. The results of the comparison show that heated hydrogen peroxide extraction is more efficient in terms of reduction of sediment, extraction of the material and preservation of diatoms proving to be a viable alternative to conventional approaches with acids in terms of costs and operator safety.
Diatom extraction: A new technique with heated H2O2. A technical note / Marezza, F.; Marchetti, C.; Lanzi, G.; Lusetti, A.; Bertani, A.; Cecchi, R.. - In: LEGAL MEDICINE. - ISSN 1344-6223. - 50(2021), p. 101861. [10.1016/j.legalmed.2021.101861]