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Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Integrated Pest Management Programs to Reduce Reliance on Methyl Bromide Fumigation in Rice Mills

Location: Stored Product Insect Research Unit

Project Number: 5430-43000-032-18
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2012
End Date: Jul 31, 2015

Objective:
1. Assess distribution patterns of insects, including red flour beetle, in rice mills. 2. Evaluate factors that influence capture of beetles. 3. Assess survival of the red flour beetle on different rice milling components. 4. Evaluate efficacy of surface insecticide. 5. Conduct economic risk/benefit analysis of an IPM program for rice mills. 6. Integrate results into web-based management system for rice mills. 7. Disseminate results through Extension and Education programs.

Approach:
This research project will focus on determining relationship of outside pest populations to critical entry points in rice mills. Distribution and abundance of target pest in residual accumulations of milling fractions and components will also be assessed, along with development of the red flour beetle on these different components. Impacts of accumulations of milling components on residual efficacy of surface contact insecticides will also be determined. Data from these projects mentioned above will be used to develop an economic analysis of the IPM approach as an alternative to methyl bromide fumigation for rice mills.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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