The Scientific Principles of Grain Storage

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THE storage of cereals is a subject which has engaged human ingenuity for a very long time ; its practice is therefore still governed in part by traditions which have grown up in varying circumstances of climate in different parts of the world. The literature of the subject is accordingly scattered and ill-adapted for co-ordination, partly because of the limited application to local conditions of many individual contributions. Furthermore, since much of the knowledge is in the possession of those who are neither trained to assemble their findings according to the scientific method nor to the habit of making them public, it is perhaps not surprising that generalized studies are few and far between. Mr. T. A. Oxley's contribution is therefore to be welcomed as a considerable addition to published knowledge, and the more so since it comes at a time when the annual tribute paid to rodents, insects, moulds and bacteria, currently estimated at ten per cent, can so ill be spared from the world's stock.

The Scientific Principles of Grain Storage

By T. A. Oxley Pp. v + 103.. (Liverpool: Northern Publishing Co., Ltd., 1948) 8s. 6d.

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GREER, E. The Scientific Principles of Grain Storage. Nature 163, 784 (1949) doi:10.1038/163784a0

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