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ENT 504 POST HARVEST ENTOMOLOGY                                                                                 (2L+IP) III

Objective
  To familiarize students with different pests associated with stored commodities and bulk storage, storage structures and safe use of fumigant. Besides, exposure to handle the agri-horticultural produce for contamination free trading, treatment protocols, and other sanitary and phytosanitary regulations.

Theory

UNIT I
  Bionomics and biology of pests of stored products including fungi, mites, rodents, and other non- insect pests.

UNIT II
  Principles and methods of safe storage, detection methods, seed disinfection, and estimation of losses caused by the pests. Improved storage structures, warehouses, grain storage facilities and their management, insect trapping devices used in storage, and use of plastics in storage.

UNIT III
  Systems approach for quarantine security, fumigation with conventional and inert gases including modified atmosphere, vacuum fumigation, vapour heat treatment, hot water treatment, pesticidal dip, gamma irradiation, and microwave heat treatment.

UNIT IV
  Sanitary and phytosanitary considerations as well as Montreal Protocol.

Practicals
  Demonstration of losses in storage by insects, identification of storage insects (Adult and immature stages), moisture maintenance, storage material damaged by insects, storage structures, and fumigation.

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