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Storage of Cereal Grains and their Products, 4th ed.

The first edition was published nearly 40 years ago, and much has changed in that time. In fact, the second edition published in 1974 was almost a rewrite and a full revision was needed for the 1982 edition - it needed an extra chapter on mycotoxins. As can be imagined, with this latest edition much new and updated material has been included, some chapters have been completely rewritten and four deal with topics not included in the earlier books. Because of the breadth of knowledge required, it is necessary to employ numerous authors to provide the many chapters; in fact, each one is more or less self-contained.

As so much of the world's population is dependent on grain in its many varieties, the task of storing it is no less important. Unfortunately, the world's pests like to eat the same material, and if it is already harvested and in convenient storage heaps, how much easier. Colossal quantities of grain are ruined each year by pest infestation, and this topic is still of considerable importance to the starving millions on this planet. Many ancient storage methods are still widely used, and these are hardly conducive to resisting the onslaught of various pests, let alone keeping the grain in good condition.

There are sixteen major chapters, all greatly subdivided so that it is a simple task to find the area of interest, but this you would expect from a book now in its fourth edition. Over the years, many users would have contributed their thoughts to minor improvements. Chapter titles are: Physical properties of cereal grains; Moisture and its measurement; Biochemical, functional and nutritive changes during storage; Development of storage techniques; Whole grain storage; Drying cereal grains; Aeration and stored grain management; Alternative storage practices; Microflora; Mycotoxins; Rodents; Insects - identification, damage and detection; Control of stored-grain insects; Integrated pest management of storage-grain insects; Sampling, inspecting and grading; and The economics of grain storage.

Numerous illustrations and references ensure the reader can take a particular area of interest further or more clearly understand what the authors are putting over in text form. From the above, it is obvious that pests are still a problem, and indeed they almost seem to be matching our efforts to forestall them by taking avoiding action.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Aug 1, 1992
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