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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Critical Issues in the Development and Interpretation of Pest Monitoring Programs for Food Processing Facilities

Authors
item Campbell, James
item Prabhakaran, Suresh - DOW AGROSCIENCES
item Schneider, Brian - DOW AGROSCIENCES
item Arbogast, Richard

Submitted to: Stored Products Protection International Working Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 2, 2002
Publication Date: July 30, 2003
Citation: CAMPBELL, J.F., PRABHAKARAN, S., SCHNEIDER, B., ARBOGAST, R.T. CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND INTERPRETATION OF PEST MONITORING PROGRAMS FOR FOOD PROCESSING FACILITIES. STORED PRODUCTS PROTECTION INTERNATIONAL WORKING CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. 2003. pp. 121-127.

Technical Abstract: Pest management in commercial food processing facilities such as flour mills continues to rely heavily on methyl bromide fumigations. The pending loss of this fumigant has triggered a great deal of interest in developing alternative strategies, but the lack of effective monitoring programs and data on pest population trends has hampered their development. The foundation of a good monitoring program is an understanding of pest population dynamics, spatial distribution, and behavior. Here we discuss some of the theoretical and practical issues encountered in developing a monitoring program for the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, in commercial flour mills. The focus is on issues related to understanding pest population rebound after whole structure treatments such as fumigation. These issues are also likely to be applicable to the development of integrated pest management programs for food processing, warehouse and retail facilities in general.

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