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Apparatus and method to treat materials for pest control and storage

Author:
Liu, Y.B.
Source:
United States Department of Agriculture patents 2004 no.US 6,766,612 B1
Subject:
boxes, disinfestation, pest control, fumigation, vacuum processing, storage pests, equipment design, pesticide application, storage conditions, portable equipment, food storage, fruits (food), vegetables, patents, USDA, United States
Abstract:
The invention is directed to an apparatus and method of treating agricultural commodities for pests. It is a portable, dismantleable box that can be erected around a stack or array of loaded shipping containers. An impermeably envelope is wrapped around the box and is used to create a controlled atmosphere for treatment of the contents of the shipping containers. This is achieved by creating hypobaric conditions inside the impermeable envelope, by introducing pesticide to the impermeable envelope, or by some combination of both vacuum and pesticide. Finally, the apparatus may be used for postharvest storage of materials that are susceptible to spoilage or pest damage.
Agid:
6386
Handle:
10113/6386