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Research Project: Alternatives to Methyl Bromide for Effective Integrated Pest Management in Rice Mills

Location: Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research

Project Number: 3020-43000-033-07-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2014
End Date: Aug 31, 2018

Objective:
Develop an integrated pest management (IPM) plan for primary stored product insects infesting rice at milling facilities. An IPM approach is needed to replace the fumigant methyl bromide, which is being eliminated from use in the USA as a structural fumigant for stored product insects.

Approach:
We will assist with studies determining the presence of the red flour beetle and other stored product insects in and around rice milling facilities, impact of sanitation and targeted insecticide treatments, and the longevity and efficacy of residual contact insecticides inside and outside mills. We will also cooperate with an agricultural economist and pest population modelers to evaluate the benefits and risks of different pest management tactics as alternatives to methyl bromide.