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Botanicals to Cope Stored Grain Insect Pests: A Review

Abstract: The escalating demands of the world's expanding population can be met by controlling or eliminating the insect pest population while storing. Grain storage in agriculture is crucial for the future and for ensuring food security. Insect pests are important economically because they cause significant loss among the several biotic and abiotic elements that affect the fate of grains during storage.The purpose of this review was to understand the significance of various plant products (botanicals) against grain and seed storage insect pests.

Author/s: Manohar Lal et.al.  Year Of Publication: 2017. Download/Link:


Perspectives on Postharvest Biopesticides and Storage Technologies for Organic Produce

Abstract: Fewer postharvest technologies are available for use on organic than conventional fruits and vegetables. Even though biopesticides are perceived as likely candidates for postharvest use on organic produce, only some biopesticides will be approved as organic compounds for various reasons. There are other existing or new technologies that could be acceptable on organic fruits and vegetables. Some examples are controlled atmosphere techniques, alternative sprout control agents, naturally occurring volatiles and biofumigants. This paper explores the efficacy of these technologies. 

Author/s: Robert Prange et. al.  Year Of Publication: 2006. Download/Link:

Determining The Effectiveness Of Insect Egg Remover In Removal Of Adult Insects In Stored Grains

Abstract: The concept of physical removal of insects from stored grains is considered as an important pest control strategy. A part from sieving and using entoleters there are other machines which can be used in adults removal. One of the devices is insect egg remover which exploits the wandering and air loving behaviour of the stored product insects. For this, investigations were made on the device for the management of stored product insects. The paper explores these investigations.

Author/s: Arumugam et.al.  Year Of Publication: 2010. Download/Link:

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Studies on Use of TNAU- UV Light Trap: A Device for Mass Trapping Sesame Seed Bug in Warehouses

Abstract: Sesame is severely harmed by Elasmolomus sordidus (F.), sometimes known as the sesame seed bug, during the time before harvest and during storage. In sesame storage facilities, it can be spotted hiding between the openings between neatly stacked bag stacks during the day and flying out at night to feed on the seeds. In order to determine whether the TNAU-UV light trap attracts E. sordidus at night, research was carried out for 8 weeks in a private sesame warehouse in Tamil Nadu, India's Virudhunagar district. The study reveals the impact of the UV Light-Trap. 

Author/s: Brindha et.al. Year Of Publication: 2020. Download/Link:

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Are GrainPro Cocoons™ an effective alternative to conventional phosphine fumigation

Abstract: Comprehensive information on the effectiveness of large-scale hermetic maize storage as a substitute for the one and only phosphine fumigant is lacking. In order to compare the performance of the 20 tonne GrainPro Cocoons with standard phosphine fumigation procedures, trials were thus carried out at three sites in Zimbabwe for up to 12 months. This study publishes these findings.

Author/s: Chigoverah et.al. Year Of Publication: 2018. Download/Link:

Harvest Sanitation

Abstract: Harvest sanitation is an important component of a GAPs program. It includes both harvest practices and sanitation of equipment that is used in the field. Workers involved in the harvest and field packing of produce should be trained to pick intact, undamaged fruits and vegetables. They should not harvest drops or pieces of produce obviously contaminated with animal or human feces. Harvest standards for your operations should be discussed during worker training. 

Author/s:  Publication: Cornell - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Download/Link:

Developments in the use of hermetic bags for grain storage

Abstract: Postharvest management of agricultural products is a significant challenge in developing countries. Postharvest management, including handling and storage, plays a vital role in keeping agricultural commodities safe from deterioration. Important staple crops such as maize, wheat, rice, and beans are susceptible to storage losses mostly due to insect pests. Several grain storage techniques include traditional/local methods, pesticides, and hermetic systems. The storage systems’ most important feature is to preserve the integrity of the grain for a given period with minimal loss in quality and quantity.

Author/s:  Publication: Dieudonne Baributsa - Purdue University, Ma Cristine Concepcion Ignacio - Iowa. Download/Link:

Production Guide for Storage of Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Abstract: This guide is a companion to an extensive series on organic cultural and pest management practices available for fruits and vegetables are grown in New York. While each guide has a section on storage, they focus largely on preharvest factors. Storage issues have tended to receive less attention to date because organic produce in New York has usually been marketed quickly. It is recognized that many positive steps to maintain quality can be made in the absence of optimal storage conditions, especially if the marketing plans do not require long-term storage. However, as organic production increases, attention to proper storage techniques will become more important.

Author/s:  Publication: Chris B. Watkins and Jacqueline F. Nock, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University Download/Link: