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Biology and management of stored products’ insect pest Rhyzopertha dominica (Fab.) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae)

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Muhammad Zeeshan Majeed, Tahir Mehmood, Mudassar Javed, Fatima Sellami, Muhammad Asam Riaz, Muhammad Afzal

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Int. J. Biosci.7( 5), 78-93, November 2015

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/7.5.78-93


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Food protection under storage conditions is one of the major concerns of agricultural industry. It primarily relies on a precise knowledge of biology, ecology and behavior of different pests infesting stored food products including insect pests. Stored grain insect pests reduce and deteriorate the quality and quantity of human food stocks all over the world. Lesser grain borer, Rhyzopertha dominica, is a major stored food insect pest of cosmopolitan nature. It is a polyphagous pest that infests almost all cereals grains and their derived products. In this paper, biological, physiological and ecological perspectives of R. dominica are reviewed along with some management tactics being employed to control this insect pest. Insect attractions, interactions with microorganisms, dispersion and pheromone secretion mechanisms are also discussed.


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