Commercial utilization of inert atmosphere silo for maize storage

Oyewole, S. N. and Gbabe, E. K. and Olayanju, T.M.A. and Adebiyi, A. O. and Ogunbiyi, O. A. and Abel, G. I. and Ogundare, M. O. and Adarabierin, I. G. and Olayemi, F. F. and Okunola, Abiodun A. (2020) Commercial utilization of inert atmosphere silo for maize storage. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 445. 012046. ISSN 1755-1315

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Inert atmosphere silo (IAS) has been advocated by Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI) as a sustainable alternative to the use of conventional silos and synthetic chemicals for grains storage in tropical climates. A battery of two units of 250 tonnes IAS installed at the commercial farm of Landmark University Omu-Aran by NSPRI was evaluated for maize storage. Quality parameters such as proximate compositions and microbial loads were determined and their respective results subjected to T-Test statistical analysis. The results of the analysis showed a slight increase in moisture content from 10.57 % to 10.66 % (db) after 6 months of storage. During the storage period, insect infestation was completely suppressed and quality of the grain was maintained, as there was no significant difference at (P≤ 0.05) in the proximate compositions of the initial and final samples. There was significant difference (P≤0.05) in bacteria loads and fungi counts of the initial and final samples. Reduction in microbial loads was experienced and the values obtained were within acceptable limits (104 Cfu/g) recommended for cereals. The germinability of the maize was maintained at 96 % after 6 months; thus indicating effectiveness of the technology for commercial storage of maize seed

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2021 15:41
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2021 15:41

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