Fungal Tunneling of Hair from a Buried Body

    Volume 37, Issue 4 (July 1992)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 7


    DeGaetano, DH
    Coordinator, Division of Forensic Sciences, Scientific Laboratories, Inc., Richmond, VA

    Kempton, JB
    Graduate student and Professor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    Rowe, WF
    Graduate student and Professor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    (Received 22 November 1991; accepted 10 December 1991)

    Abstract

    Tunnels produced in human head hair by fungal hyphae were examined with a light microscope and with a scanning electron microscope. The tunnels had small diameters and exhibited minimal branching. The use of a backscattered electron detector facilitated the locating of the openings of the tunnels in the surfaces of the hairs. In the backscattered electron image, tunnel openings appeared as dark spots. The tunneling hyphae did not show a preference for a particular location for entering the shaft of the hair. Some hyphae penetrated under the free edges of the cuticular scales, while others burrowed through the surfaces of the scales.


    Paper ID: JFS13290J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13290J

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    Title Fungal Tunneling of Hair from a Buried Body
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