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Infestation of Grain by Insects

Nature volume 141, page 1004 (04 June 1938) | Download Citation



DESTRUCTION of stored grain and grain products by insects causes great loss to many sections of industry, probably amounting annually to not less than £500,000. More information is required before the problem can be completely tackled. The first step is a scientific survey which is to be made at once, during the period of seasonal activity of the insects. This survey has been organized on the initiative of the various sections of industry concerned, and the major part of its cost will be met by their contributions. It is to be carried out, under the auspices of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, by the Stored Products Laboratory of the Imperial College of Science and Technology. A conference has been formed of the representatives of interested bodies which have already agreed to co-operate in this work and its first meeting was held on May 26 in the offices of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. The cooperation of all sections of industry affected is essential to the success of any organized attack on these insect pests. The neglect of one section to play its part will jeopardize the success of the efforts of all the rest. The Conference, therefore, viewed with satisfaction the extent of the support so far accorded. Any organization or undertaking wishing to co-operate in this work should communicate with the Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 16 Old Queen Street, Westminster, London, S.W.I.

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