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

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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
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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