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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 05)
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The Feasibility of Using Low-oxygen Atmospheres to Control Insect Pests for Taxidermies in Natural History Museums

Bo Zhang
Corresponding Author:  Bo Zhang 

Key words:  Eradication, insect pest, low-oxygen atmosphere, natural history museum, taxidermy, ,
Vol. 5 , (05): 256-261
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January 17, 2013 February 07, 2013 May 20, 2013
Abstract:

To find the environmental friendly alternative methods for control taxidermy pests in natural history museum, six species insect pests at various stages of their development were exposed to a low-oxygen atmosphere of 1.5% for a period of one week. Apart from a 50% survival rate for the larval stage of Anthrenus verbasci, the modified atmosphere was observed to have a lethal effect on all insect stages tested. When the exposure period was extended to periods of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 weeks, respectively 100% mortality was recorded for all insects tested. Evidence from this investigation supports the view that atmospheres reduced in oxygen may represent a viable alternative to chemical control methods. The feasibility of using this technique for the routine control and eradication of insect pests in natural history museums is discussed.
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Bo Zhang, 2013. The Feasibility of Using Low-oxygen Atmospheres to Control Insect Pests for Taxidermies in Natural History Museums.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 5(05): 256-261.
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