EFFECT OF STORAGE STRUCTURES ON TROGODERMA GRANARIUM EVERTS (COLEOPTERA: DERMESTIDAE) IN TERMS OF POPULATION BUILD-UP AND GRAIN DAMAGE
Trogoderma granarium Everts has posed serious threat to global food security and safety. It causes huge loss in stored grains and having a status of a dangerous quarantine pest for most of the countries important from Indian export point of view. Its detection attracts serious economic and trade restrictions.The various control measures such as physical, chemical, mechanical controls are being implemented to control them.It is presently controlled by fumigation of methyl bromide (CH 3 Br),
... ide (CH 3 Br), aluminium phosphate (ALP tablets) and other conventional insecticides, which is facing a blanket ban in many countries due to its ozone depleting nature. Hence an alternate management strategy is envisaged by using eco-friendly, effective, economical, non-hazardous, easily available and easy to use material. A part of this IPM protocol begins with a minimal-invasive technique by exploiting the inherent effects of commonly used bags by using the modified storage structures. The present research focussed on the effect of storage structures on Trogoderma granarium Everts in terms of the population build-up and the grain damage.