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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Influence of Food Processing Facility Landscapes on the Behavior, Ecology and Management of Stored Product Insect Pests

item Campbell, James

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: March 4, 2005
Publication Date: March 4, 2005
Citation: Campbell, J.F. 2005. Influence of food processing facility landscapes on the behavior, ecology and management of stored product insect pests. Meeting Abstract. Presentation at Entomology Dept., University of California-Davis.

Technical Abstract: In this seminar presentation, the impact of landscape structure on the behavior and ecology of stored product insects will be discussed along with the implications for pest management. An overview of the food industry, the characteristics of food processing facilities, and an introduction to stored product insects will be presented. A common characteristic of food storage and processing facilities is that they are spatially and temporally patchy landscapes. There can be complex interactions between the behavior and ecology of stored product insect pests and the structure of the landscape. How stored product insects interact with landscape structure at a range of spatial scales will be illustrated using examples such as red flour beetle patch exploitation, landscape pattern impacts on red flour beetle movement and distribution of eggs, and the spatial distribution and movement patterns of stored product insects at commercial food facilities. The practical implications will be discussed and illustrated using monitoring data from food facilities. The impact of the spatial scale over which pest populations interact on the interpretation of pheromone monitoring programs and the efficacy of different management tools will be presented to illustrate this point.

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