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Pest management in post-harvest food
Code: G0007-
Teacher:  Daria Patrizia Locatelli
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CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Practices in laboratory:  1
Basic aims:  Understanding of the role of pests in storage areas in particular cereals, pulses, spices, herbs and nuts. Procedures for the application of proper integrated pest management.
Acquired skills:  Acquiring knowledge about the problems of storage from the attack of pests. Biology of the main pest species on post-harvest. Procedures for correct prevention of stored product. How to implement a monitoring of pests. Methods of pest control through the use of physical methods.
Course contents:  Main species infesting commodities and processing environments and storage: Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Psocotteri, Thysanura and Cockroaches. Main species of mites of the foodstuffs. General rules of prevention and cleanliness. Resistance of the packaging to the attack of insects. Main methods for detecting the presence of weeds. Physical methods in pest control. Use of biocides in the environment. Murids: identification of the species, application of the means of control and monitoring of results. Examples of application of integrated pest management. References to legislation.
Program:  Characteristics and damage caused by pests. Main species infesting commodities and processing environments and storage: Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Psocottera, Thysanura and Cockroaches. Main species of mites of the foodstuffs. Factors favoring settlement, survival and spread of weeds. Factors that make it difficult to control weeds in post-harvest. Biocenosis of cereals, legumes, nuts, and herbs stored.
General rules of prevention. Standards of cleanliness. Winding and packaging. Attacks on packaging before use. Attacks on packaging and packaging ready for commercialization. Resistance of the packaging to the attack of insects. Consideration of a hole to determine origin infestation. Insects penetrators and invaders. Methods of analysis, sampling, tools for sampling, sampling techniques, packaging and storage of samples. Main methods to detect the presence of pests: direct visual examination, sieving, organic, hectoliter weight, flottazone, staining methods, calorimetric and respirometric, method, X-ray and acoustic analysis. Filth test. Methods for environments: analysis of trace probe traps, pheromone traps. Analysis of finished products. How to use the monitoring data. Determination origin infestation.
Use of biocides in the environment: insecticides of natural origin and synthetic analogues, organic synthesis, fumigants and gas mixture: Norms for correct use of biocides used in silos and warehouses. Physical method: silos-bag, circulation and ventilation, low and high temperatures, centrifugal force, inert dust, vacuum drying and controlled atmosphere.
Murids: species, damage, prevention and monitoring. Identification of the species, application of the means of control and monitoring of results.
Examples of application of integrated pest management plans in warehouses, silos and mill. Legislative and considerations on Article 5 of Law 283/1962.
Prerequisites:  Insects: morphological and physiological characteristics.
Preparatory instructions:  NO
Learning materials:  Teaching notes and documentation distributed during class.
Other info:  The oral examination consists of an interview on the topics covered in the course and reported in the test program, which aims to ensure the achievement of the objectives of teaching.
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