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Effect of relative humidity and product moisture on response of diapausing and nondiapausing Indianmeal moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) larvae to low pressure treatments.
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PMID:  20568605     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Low pressure treatment in flexible polyvinyl chloride containers is a potential alternative to chemical fumigants for California tree nuts. Laboratory studies investigated the effect of relative humidity and product moisture on weight loss and mortality of diapausing and nondiapausing larvae of the Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), exposed to 50 mmHg. Diapausing larvae were far more tolerant than nondiapausing larvae to low pressure; exposure times nearly twice those of nondiapausing larvae were required to obtain comparable weight loss or mortality levels in diapausing larvae. Relative humidity was found to have a large effect on both weight loss (assumed to be due to moisture loss) and mortality of both nondiapausing and diapausing larvae. Mortality and weight loss increased as humidity levels decreased. By controlling the relative humidity of the treatment chamber, product moisture also strongly affected weight loss and mortality. The results suggest that for tree nuts, product moisture levels may affect the efficacy of low pressure treatments.
J A Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of economic entomology     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0022-0493     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Econ. Entomol.     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-23     Completed Date:  2010-07-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985127R     Medline TA:  J Econ Entomol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  612-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center, USDA-ARS, 9611 South Riverbend Avenue, Parlier, CA 93648, USA.
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