Factors affecting mortality of red flour beetle adults exposed to infrared energy
Shalini Palla, firstname.lastname@example.org and Subramanyam Bhadriraju, email@example.com. Kansas State University, Department of Entomology, Manhattan, KS
Infrared enery between 3-6 micrometers emitted by a flameless cataytic heater was evaluated for its ability to kill adults of red flour beetles in whole wheat kernels and wheat flour. A known numnber of red flour beetles of ,ixed ages and sexes were added to different quantities of wheat kernels or flour and exposed to infrared energy by altering the following factors: distance from the heater, duration of exposure, and stability of the product (sheken vs static). The factors examined affected insect mortality by influencing the temperature attained by the kernels or flour. Additional tests will be conducted to determine rheological qualities of wheat subjected to infrared energy.
Species 1: Coleoptera Tenebrionidae Triboliumcastaneum (red flour beetle) Keywords: Heat, Nonchemical control