Insect population distribution and density estimates in a large rice mill in Portugal – a pilot study

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dc.contributor.author Carvalho, Maria Otília
dc.contributor.author Faro, Alexandra
dc.contributor.author Subramanyam, Bhadriraju
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-26T16:54:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-26T16:54:25Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16362
dc.description.abstract The objectives of this study were to characterize the spatial distribution of the most abundant insect species identified in the rice plant, optimize the sampling program, develop and validate a fixed-precision enumerative sequential sampling plan for the key pests Sitophilus spp. in a rice industry in Portugal. Experiments were carried out from September 2005 to July 2007, using 25 pitfall traps baited with food grade oil and pheromone specific for Sitophilus spp. The traps were observed weekly and the insects were identified and counted. Several species were found but Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky and S. oryzae (L.) were the most abundant (90% of the total) followed by Tribolium castaneum (Herbst). Taylor’s power law parameters, from the regression of log variance versus log mean, suggest an aggregated distribution for Sitophilus spp. and T. castaneum. A fixed-precison sequential sampling plan was developed for Sitophilus spp., using Green’s fixed precisions sampling plan and the Resampling Validation of Sampling Plan, with an action threshold of 0.5 Sitophilus spp. The sampling plan was designed to provide precision levels of 0.20, 0.25 (for pest management purposes), 0.30 and 0.35. The current sample size raises a precision of 0.30, and an increase of the number of traps to 37 would be recommendable to fit the desirable precision of 0.25. This fixed-precison sequential sampling plan for Sitophilus spp. populations in rice demonstrated to be useful as a tool in IPM tactics at rice facilities. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022474X12000586 en_US
dc.subject Stored rice en_US
dc.subject Sitophilus spp. en_US
dc.subject Tribolium castaneum en_US
dc.subject Floor traps en_US
dc.subject Fixed precision sampling plan en_US
dc.subject Distribution pattern en_US
dc.subject Taylor's power law en_US
dc.title Insect population distribution and density estimates in a large rice mill in Portugal – a pilot study en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2013 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1016/j.jspr.2012.07.002 en_US
dc.citation.epage 56 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Stored Products Research en_US
dc.citation.spage 48 en_US
dc.citation.volume 52 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid sbhadrir en_US


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