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grant allows ASU professor to study insect impact on rice milling
14, 2007 --
The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant of $612,000 to a
team of scientists to conduct a comprehensive study to measure the
impact of post-harvest lesser grain borer infestations on rice milling
Team member and co-principal investigator, Dr. Tanja McKay, assistant
professor, entomology, Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas
State University-Jonesboro, will coordinate the insect monitoring
studies at Riceland's rice mill in Jonesboro. Dr. Lloyd Ted Wilson and Dr. Yubin Yang
from Texas A & M University System’s Agricultural Research and Extension
Center at Beaumont will coordinate the overall completion of the
project. Texas A & M will serve as the lead institution for the project.
Other co-principal investigators include Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen and Dr.
Jean-Francois Meullenet of the University of Arkansas, Dr. Frank Arthur
and Dr. James Campbell of the U. S. Department of
Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), Manhattan, Kansas,
Dr. Eugene Reagan of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center,
and Dr. Brian Adam of Oklahoma State University.
The team will determine prevalence and seasonal history of insect
infestation in several field sites in the northern and southern portions
of the U.S. rice belt and assess insect control through a combination of
reduced-risk insecticides and low-volume ambient aeration.
A comprehensive cost-benefit analysis will be conducted to link impacts
of infestation with management and control. The analysis will evaluate
the practical economic benefit of new insect control measures. Study
results will be integrated and delivered through a web-based
post-harvest grain management program, which will provide a
comprehensive risk analysis for stored rough rice from eastern Texas to
The web-based post-harvest grain management program was developed
through a previous USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES)-Crops at Risk (CAR) grant (http://beaumont.tamu.edu/ricessweb).
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