A review of headspace gas chromatographic analysis including its use in qualitative and quantitative analysis, and some sources of errors and limitations of this method is presented. Special emphasis is given to combining headspace gas sampling with salting-out procedures to enrich vapors, steam distillation coupled with headspace gas chromatographic analysis, and subtractive techniques for identification.

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1Contribution 84-141-J, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University.