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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Retaining Export and Food Security of U.S. Specialty Crops: Low-Emission Methyl Bromide Fumigations for Quarantine and Pre-Shipment Uses

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality

Project Number: 5302-43000-037-29
Project Type: General Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Nov 15, 2013
End Date: Nov 14, 2014

Objective:
Develop novel sorbents, destructive catalysts, and combustion techniques to eliminate the atmospheric input of the most widely used quarantine and pre-shipment (QPS) fumigant, methyl bromide (MB).

Approach:
Utilizing a cooperative effort between USDA-ARS, industry, Stanford University, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and University of California at Berkeley, research in the context of retaining specialty crops exports that have quarantine and pre-shipment (QPS) fumigation requirements. The team will develop a commercially viable, cost efficient and effective process to contain, destroy, or recapture/reuse methyl bromide and its alternatives following postharvest fumigations.

Last Modified: 8/31/2014
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