Commodity Protection and Quality
San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center
9611 S. Riverbend Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648
(559) 596-2768 (voice)
Much of the U.S.production of dried fruits and tree nuts occurs in the central valley of California. To provide consumers with quality product, processors must control postharvest insect pests. My current research involves the development of non-chemical treatments to solve this issue. I am concerned primarily with physical treatments using temperature extremes or vacuum, but I am also interested in insect parasitoids as control agents. The target pests for most of this work include both field pests of postharvest significance and stored product pests.
Johnson, J. A., Walse, S. S., Gerik, J. S. 2012. Status of alternatives for methyl bromide in the United States.
Jiao, S., Johnson, J. A., Fellman, J. K., Mattinson, D. S., Tang, J., Davenport, T. L., and Wang, S. 2012. Evaluating the storage environment in hypobaric chambers used for disinfesting fresh fruits.
Jiao, S., Johnson, J. A., Tang, J.,and Wang. S. 2012. Industrial-scale radio frequency treatments for insect control in lentils.
Jiao, S., Johnson, J. A., Tang, J., Tiwari, G., and Wang, S. 2011. Dielectric properties of cowpea weevil, black-eyed peas and mung beans with respect to the development of radio frequency heat treatments.
Stored Product Insect Identification