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K-State Today

August 19, 2011



Entomologist presents talk at international conference on stored product pests

By David Margolies

Tom Phillips, professor of entomology, presented the talk "Efficacy of the SPTabs® auto-confusion system for mating disruption of the Indianmeal moth" at a meeting of the International Organisation of Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants' working group on integrated protection of stored products in Volos, Greece.

The general objectives of the group are: the communication of research findings and the promotion of methods for integrated stored product protection that help to reduce the use of residue building pesticides and to avoid risks to the user as well as to the environment.

The meeting was attened by 120 people representing more than 40 countries. Eighty papers were presented.

The research that Phillips presented supported the promise of mating disruption with synthetic sex pheromones as a means to suppress populations of the Indian meal moth, an important pest of stored products in Kansas and throughout the world.