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CRISBA and Eurosider test on cereals storage without chemical treatment

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]One of the directions of business Eurosider invests in, apart from coating sector which is our core business, is use of nitrogen for food and in particular cereals storage. Since about 10 years Eurosider have been collaborating with companies operating in agriculture for studies of benefits of cereals storage in controlled atmosphere rich in nitrogen. An atmosphere which is hostile for insects and other organisms that damage the cereals. In past some successful tests have been already done, certified by a national research institution CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche).

In 2015 Eurosider has provided CRISBA (Centre of Research of Biotechnological means for Agriculture and Forest Service, Grosseto, Italy) with patented innovative systems for automatic control of atmosphere, applicable on silos and mini-silos. The system produces high purity nitrogen separated directly from the air, using a principle of selective permeation. This technology fits well both for testing and future practical application “due to its reliability, zero environmental impact and low operating costs”, as CRSIBA website says.

The purpose of this project with participation of University of Pisa is to test the effectiveness of this application to obstruct infestation of caryopsis by fungus producing mycotoxins and damaging insects, such as  wheat weevil (Sitophilus granarius). This application is opposed to the traditional use of chemical treatments with toxic elements as phosphines.

It seems logical, and the practice demonstrates so far, that this simple solution could replace in the future currently used methods, that result in major risk of contamination of cereals during the storage period.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”3121″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]