2.3. Conclusion

To summarize, the most important features of a volatile collection and analysis design are to:

  1. Isolate the sample of interest as much as possible without disturbing it.
  2. Collect emitted volatiles with a technique that is as sensitive and efficient as possible while limiting the introduction of contaminants.
  3. Collect background samples to help identify outside contaminants in the samples.
  4. Use appropriate analytical techniques to detect and evaluate the biologically-important compounds of samples.
  5. Confirm compound identities and quantities with appropriate chemical standards and techniques.
  6. Test the biological activities of samples with bioassays on isolated native material.  Then confirm the activities of suspected compounds with bioassays on synthetic chemical standards.