Researchers, food companies develop goals for pest control

by Emily Wilson
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At a workshop on stored product pest research in July at Purdue University's Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management, a group of university and government researchers, food company managers and product developers announced goals to advance the development of new pest control tools for the food industry and to prepare an action plan to identify and canvas potential funding sources.

"Much more needs to be learned about the major stored product insect pests in the United States, if the food processing industry is to have viable control options in this time of pesticide withdrawals and phase-outs," said Linda Mason, a entemologist at Purdue.

The group concluded that millers, processors and warehouse managers intimately understand the sites where applied research must be conducted, and have the greatest potential to impact federal and state government funding sources and research organizations.