High-Temperature Forced-Air Research Facility for Heating Fruits for Insect Quarantine Treatments

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A high-temperature, forced-air research facility was designed for experiments with a new quarantine treatment for papayas. The facility was constructed at the Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Research Laboratory, USDA-ARS,Hilo, Hawaii. Because the treatment required changing both the air dry-bulb and dewpoint temperatures in stages that depended on both fruit temperature and treatment time, a computer control system was developed to control the heating and humidification components. The computer also was used for data acquisition of temperatures at various locations within the load of fruit as well as for recording airflow rate and dewpoint temperature during the treatment. This facility is useful in the development and certification of new high-temperature, forced-air quarantine treatments for fruits and vegetables.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1990

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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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