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The effect of non-thermal plasma to control of stored product pests and changes in some characters of wheat materials

Shahrzad Mohammadi, SohrabImani, Davoud Dorranian, Siavash Tirgari, Mahmoud Shojaee

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.7(5), 150-156, November 2015

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Pesticides greatly reduce the damages caused by pests but they entail some risks. The point of the study was to examine the effect of non-thermal plasma (NTP) on Tribolium confusum (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae) and Ephestiakuehniella(Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) and possible changes in somecharacters of treated wheat. For each pest, Three hundred and sixty 2-3 instar larvae among wheat at 5 separate groups were used.Fat, protein, ash and moisture content of wheat were measured. Experiments were done by a completely randomized designin triplicates. The results indicated that NTP has sufficient insecticidal effect.Mean percentage of mortality reached to 100%±0 after 20 s for both pests. A positive correlation was observed between exposure time and mean percentage of mortality.Non-significant difference was found between the treated and untreated groups in case of wheat traits.It is concluded that application of NTP can be considered as an appropriate alternative.

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