The effect of temperature on the formation of ethanol by Candida albicans in blood

J Forensic Sci. 1989 Jan;34(1):105-9.


The effect of temperature on microbial fermentation in blood was studied. Specimens of human blood from a blood bank were inoculated with Candida albicans, an organism capable of causing fermentation. A preservative was added to a portion of the inoculated specimens. These inoculated specimens, as well as uninoculated blood, were stored under various temperature conditions. Production of ethyl alcohol was monitored over a period of six months. Fermentation was found to be highly temperature dependent, with refrigeration proving to be most effective at inhibiting ethanol formation.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / blood
  • Blood / microbiology*
  • Candida albicans / physiology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Ethanol / biosynthesis*
  • Fermentation
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Temperature*


  • Ethanol