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agent that destroys disease-causing microorganisms and their spores. Disinfectants, or germicides, are sometimes considered to be substances applied to inanimate bodies, whereas antiseptics, not so potent, are agents that kill microbes on living things.
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the destruction of pests and causative agents of plant diseases by means of toxic vapors and gases. Fumigation is carried out with the aid of devices called fumigators and is applied in warehouses, mills, grain elevators, hothouses, hotbeds, vegetable storehouses, containers, rooms, special chambers, pits, and tents made of canvas or synthetics. Soil and rodent burrows may also be fumigated. The process is used to protect cuttings and such crops as grains, vegetables, tea, and fruits, including grapes and citrus fruits.

During fumigation the toxic gases and vapors act on the respiratory organs of pests under airtight conditions, causing the harmful organisms to die from poisoning within a certain amount of time—from a few hours to several days. The method, length of time, and effectiveness of fumigation depend on the properties of the fumigants and pests, as well as on the degree of infestation.

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Many insects, especially at egg and pupal stages, are very tolerant of phosphine, and it may take more than 10 days of fumigation treatment to control them.
In a series of experiments, Liu tested phosphine fumigation under high levels of oxygen against four insects and at different life stages: western flower thrips adults and larvae, leaf miner pupae, grape mealy bug eggs, and Indian meal moth eggs and pupae.
Carrion described the aerial fumigation program as a hostile act, arguing that Colombia's spraying destroys crops and poses serious health risks on Ecuador's side of the border.
12, Colombia would begin "the manual eradication phase and end the fumigation phase and, therefore, there is a good stimulus to begin implementing the agreement between the presidents [Uribe and Correa].
and Colombian governments have been celebrating the success of the fumigation program.
The relationship between Uribe and President Bush "could not be closer," says Kimberly Stanton, deputy director of the Washington Office on Latin America, an organization that opposes fumigation and argues that the war on drugs is counterproductive.
Observations of fungal entry into bolt ends after the wet-deck period were mixed as to the effect of fumigation on promotion of sapstain.
The tests showed that over various humidities and temperatures, carbon can adsorb the methyl bromide over several fumigation cycles without losing its capacity to adsorb.
Chytilo added that the halt of fumigation there could set precedents at strawberry farms throughout the state.
We have granted a special pesticide registration for the use of carbon dioxide in structural fumigation," said James W.
A report from the Organization of American States (OAS) on anti-coca aerial fumigation in Colombia has spurred controversy, with Colombian academics disputing its methodology.
Unfortunately, there have been deaths associated with structural fumigations with methyl bromide or sulfuryl fluoride, none in some years, as many as five in 1989.