Mechanized System for Preparing Trays of Medicated Diet Used in the Boll Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Sterilizing Operation

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A system was developed to mechanize the preparation of trays of chemosterilant-medicated diet fed to Anthonomus grandis Boheman adults. The system consists of a diet sterilizer, conveyor, tray dispenser, diet dispenser, diet cooler, and corn cob grits-antibiotic mixture feeder. The conveyor moves trays along the processing line where sterile diet is metered, dispensed and spread in the tray, cooled, and covered with a thin layer of the grits-antibiotic mixture. Weevils to be irradiated feed on the diet for 24 h. Time and labor for preparing the trays of diet by this system are ca. 20% of that required by manual labor and the system is more aseptic.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1983

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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