Fumigant Action of Acrolein on Stored-Product Insects


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 88, Number 2, April 1995 , pp. 326-330(5)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Acrolein was investigated as a fumigant for the control of stored-product insects. When exposed in space, confused flour beetle adults, Tribo/ium confusum Jacqueline duVal, cigarette beetle adults, Lasioderma serricorne (F.), and black carpet beetle larvae, Attagenus 1l1licolor (Brahm), were killed by doses of acrolein that were lower than corresponding doses of methyl bromide. However, experiments done in grain showed that when acrolein was applied in the headspace, high doses were required to kill insects in the geometric canter of the mass. In contrast, when acrolein was applied to the surface and the grain was mixed to distribute the compound, insects exposed in the grain were killed by much lower doses than when the grain was not mixed. Sorption of the acrolein on wheat was also investigated to determine the amount of compound available to insects in the interstitial spaces of the grain during a 24-h treatment. Because of the sOl1Jtion characteristics of acrolein, it may have only limited use as a fumigant

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1995

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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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