Pest Odyssey 2021 Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts: Pest Odyssey 2021 – the Next Generation

Detect, Respond, Recover – best practice IPM in 2021

20th – 22nd September 2021

This will be a fully virtual conference and will enable participants to focus on changes and new developments in IPM over the last ten years.

Submissions are invited for the third Pest Odyssey Conference.

We invite contributions looking at science, sustainability and climate change in relation to IPM. Additionally, papers examining how to carry out IPM well and what a successful IPM programme looks like over 10+ years. Methods of advocacy and successful ways to share the IPM message both in your organisation and the wider world will be welcomed.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words and should be submitted to pestodyssey@gmail.com by 12 a.m. (midnight) GMT on January 8th 2021.

Successful authors will be notified by 8th March 2021. Completed papers will be required by 30th June 2021 for peer review for inclusion in the conference publication.

Poster abstracts will be invited, but the call for these will follow later.

New Research on Oxygen Meter & Analyzer Performance

The detection of low quantities of oxygen (less than 0.3% by volume) is essential to the creation of an anoxic environment capable of eradicating all stages of insect life. To ensure sufficiently low oxygen levels throughout an anoxic treatment, digital oxygen meters are commonly used. Most of these meters, which are lower in cost than more precise oxygen analyzers, are manufactured for the purpose of monitoring human safety, and therefore, are designed and calibrated for the detection of oxygen near the natural atmospheric amount of around 20.9% at sea level.

How can we be sure that the oxygen level readings detected by the digital oxygen meters used in anoxic treatment are accurate? Is it possible that when our oxygen meters display a reading of  0.3% oxygen by volume or lower, the oxygen content inside the sealed environment is actually higher?

To explore these questions, Eric Breitung of the Metropolitan Museum’s Science Department and Gabrielle Crowther of Art Conservation Group tested a set of oxygen meters against an oxygen analyzer with more sensitive capability for the detection of gasses with fairly surprising results. Some tracked very low oxygen levels well, while others read zero percent oxygen at levels much greater than 0.3%. The overall conclusion was a strong recommendation to regularly verify your meter against a standard!

A full report is now available on the Museumpests website for all to read.

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