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Mungbean Storage – research update

Bruchids in mungbean.

 

4 March, 2019

 

Managing bruchids in stored mungbeans

by Greg Daglish, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

 

Objective:

Research, development and extension to address knowledge gaps in pulse storage enabling the development of best management practices (BMP) for stored pulses, ensuring the delivery of high quality pulses to market.

 

Key activities:

Aeration cooling, phosphine fumigation and best management practice manual.

 

Aeration cooling

  • Laboratory research to identify target temperature for aeration cooling
  • Cooling has big impact on generation time and number of progeny (see Figure 1)
  • Tentative target of 15°C based on results to date (see Figure 2)

 

  • Field research to confirm whether target temperature can be achieved in practice
  • First trial starting in April 2019 at Hermitage Research Facility with more planned

Phosphine fumigation

  • Laboratory research to identify effective concentration × time combinations
  • Efficacy affected by concentration and time (see Figures 4 & 5)
  • Efficacy affected by bruchid strain (see Figures 4 & 5)

 

  • Field research to confirm whether target temperature can be achieved in practice
  • First trial starting in April 2019 with more planned

 

Contact details

Greg Daglish, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Greg.Daglish@daf.qld.gov.au

 

Acknowledgements

This research is funded by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

 

More information:

www.mungbean.org.au