MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: Meat Rotting: Definition of rotting and ways to observe

Date: Wed Feb 23 22:01:15 2000
Posted by Cindy
Grade level: 7-9 School: JLS
City: Palo Alto State/Province: CA Country: USA
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 951364875.Bc

I am doing a project where I'm comparing whether garlic prevents rotting 
better than salt. To do this I place some meat in an unsealed ziploc with 1 
cup of either salt or garlic, and am going to put it in room temperature 
for a few days and watch it rot. My question is if their is a more 
objective way of comparing the stages of decomposition besides visual. My 
second question is what exactly is rotting? Is it a chemical change or is 
outside bacteria involved in it?

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