Prevalence and Persistence of Pathogens in New York State Road-Kill Disposed of Through Composting: A Literature Review
Schwarz, Mary; Harrison, Ellen Z; Bonhotal, Jean
Summary: Composting is being investigated by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as a tool for managing road-killed animals in New York State, particularly white-tailed deer. As part of a project to evaluate the effectiveness of static pile composting to inactivate pathogens in road-killed carcasses, the Cornell Waste Management Institute conducted a literature review and consulted with experts to identify the pathogens that might be present and to assess their sensitivity to inactivation by heating.
New York State Department of Transportation
Cornell Waste Management Institute
mortality composting; pathogens; road kill deer; carcass composting; literature review