Prunus lauracerasus in Composts
Name: Patsy D.
If one is chipping a large quantity of Prunus
lauracerasus for compost, are you likely to be poisoned by cyanide?
Would it happen if the work was carried out in an open air site? I would
recommend a mask and a body covering. Would you suggest it was however
too dangerous for composting at all?
I never heard of this connection before. I doubt that you can be poisoned
by chipping in an open air site. You can check with your local
agricultural extension service.
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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