HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Ozone may provide environmentally safe protection for grains

that 5 percent to 10 percent of the world's food production is lost each year because of insects, and in some countries that figure is believed to be as high as 50 percent.

In the latest study, Purdue researchers used ozone to treat rice, popcorn, soft red winter wheat, hard red winter wheat, soybeans and corn. They used five-gallon plastic pails and 50-gallon steel drums, storage bins filled with grain, and buried mesh bags all filled with grain and a known number of grain-eating bugs to test ozone's killing efficacy. The team's previous studies on ozone flow and effectiveness in eliminating insects were done either in similar storage containers or in 500-bushel bins built for pilot studies at the Purdue Agronomy Farm.

The ozone treatment of grain included two applications of ozone. In the first, the ozone moves through the grain slowly because the gas reacts, or bonds, with matter on the grain surface. This first treatment allows ozone to react with most of the grain surface and degrades the ozone, Mason said. With the second ozone application, the gas moves through the grain more quickly because it isn't slowed by reactions with the grain. This allows the ozone to kill the insects by reacting with them rather than the grain.

Testing different grains allowed the scientists to answer two important questions. One was whether ozone flowed differently through grains that were less porous or of a different kernel size than corn, such as wheat. The second was how exposure to ozone affects the quality of food products made from the treated grain.

Dirk Maier, a Purdue agricultural and biological engineering professor, studied how to make the ozone flow efficiently and effectively through grain storage bins. Charles Woloshuk, a botany and plant pathology professor, studied ozone effects on molds and mycotoxins. Fidel Mendez, a botany master's degree student, studied the final products produced from the treated grain to determine if they wer
'"/>

Contact: Susan A. Steeves
ssteeves@aes.purdue.edu
765-496-7481
Purdue University
30-Jan-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Ozone produced by antibodies during bacterial killing and in inflammation
2. Ozone found to have direct effect on genes linked with plants aging
3. Major Set-Back To Ozone Layer Recovery
4. Rivers May Be Emitting Substance Involved In Ozone Destruction
5. Banning Chemicals To Protect Ozone May Aggravate Global Warming
6. Ozone Chat Room Provides Real-Time Air-Quality Research
7. Picking prostanoids to provide protection
8. Study by Israeli scientists provides insight on DNA code
9. Adaptive changes in the genome may provide insight into the genetics of complex disease
10. Essential smell gene may provide key to new insect repellents
11. Clemson University spin-off uses corn to make plastics, provide cleaner air

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/4/2019)... TORONTO (PRWEB) , ... June 04, 2019 , ... ... automate the search for salient features of seizure risk signals, usually based on ... neurologist-driven EEG interpretation remains the only acceptable diagnostic methodology due to the complexity ...
(Date:6/1/2019)... ... May 31, 2019 , ... ... & Rosati recently invested in BioFactura’s $6M Series B Financing Round. , ... value-added institutional investors who bring significant financial and business resources to bear as ...
(Date:5/31/2019)... ... 2019 , ... Join Julie Peacock, Vice President of Product ... June 19, 2019 at 1pm EDT where she will demonstrate how role-based data ... contract research organizations (CROs) can improve collaboration, auditing, document tracking and reporting. , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/31/2019)... California (PRWEB) , ... May ... ... of our patent applications from the USPTO providing proprietary interest to our ... METHOD FOR SLEEP DISORDER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT… extends Somnology’s IP rights including ...
(Date:5/31/2019)... ... May 30, 2019 , ... A study released today ... system for the sustained release of human placental stem cell (HPSC)-derived conditioned medium ... to deliver CM into the injured kidney, where it helped restore function and ...
(Date:5/15/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... May 15, 2019 , ... Milton Hershey ... in recognition for his work within the biomedical industry, where he is changing lives ... medical devices. , “William Harding epitomizes the vision of our founders – Milton ...
(Date:5/14/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... May 14, 2019 , ... ... office expansion, effectively doubling its space from 2,500 to 5,000 square feet. , ... Early Gender DNA tests ,” says Gateway Genomics CEO, Chris Jacob. “The SneakPeek At-Home ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: